The English Education major at the University of Delaware is a unique, innovative, and nationally-accredited program for individuals seeking to become secondary English teachers (grades 7-12). At UD, English Education majors learn by teaching—early and often, even as early as their first year. UD English Education majors graduate with at least 5 field experiences on their résumés and are prepared to teach using methods that are responsive to the communities they serve.
The UD English Education program is a four-year undergraduate major and is distinguished by a strong faculty and a rigorous program of study. The English Education faculty are committed to preparing future teachers who can support youth from diverse backgrounds. Our carefully designed program prepares teacher candidates with a broad and deep knowledge of English language, literature, and pedagogy and includes courses in Young Adult literature, literacy and technology, writing, linguistics, public speaking, grammar, adolescent development, special education, and diversity. Our students have been extremely successful in finding teaching positions immediately following graduation.
Upon completion of coursework, student teaching, and state-mandated tests, you will have the necessary requirements for licensure in Delaware and other states that have comparable requirements. Requirements from each state are different, so we encourage you to meet with UD's certification officer to determine the process for state(s) that you are interested in teaching in (see Certification and Licensure page).