College of Education and Human Development

University of Delaware
Newark, DE


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Our Program

CEHD integrates classwork, research and field experience to prepare students to address today's most pressing social and educational issues.

University of Delaware’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world-class institution within a dynamic Research I university, ranked in the top 1.3% around the globe. Led by an interdisciplinary faculty comprised of highly productive and influential scholars, we are committed to improving education and human development through cutting-edge research and practice.

We fully recognize the challenges that our education, family and social systems face in this new century. CEHD graduate students are trained to address these challenges in novel and authoritative ways that influence the educational dialogue around the world. 

At its core, CEHD promotes diversity, inclusion and equity. Much of the research conducted by faculty confront and address inequitable outcomes in education and the community. The College is committed to play an important role in advancing policies and practices shown to elevate low-performing schools and implement supportive systems that benefit low-income and diverse families and communities.

We believe the most promising innovations come from interdisciplinary perspectives and want to ensure that the next generation of scholars benefits from interdisciplinary learning. Our faculty and students work with each other, with faculty from other disciplines and with research centers within CEHD as well as across the university. Centers in CEHD provide a key component to the effectiveness of our experiential and interdisciplinary learning, integrating service, research and education.

Graduate students are deeply engaged in research from day one, with opportunities to work with faculty conducting groundbreaking research designed to help children, adults and communities reach their full potential. In the past five years, CEHD faculty have been awarded nearly 50 grants over $500,000 each, many are nationally competitive grants from notable organizations including the Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

CEHD is made up of two academic units – the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) and the School of Education.  

·       HDFS offers an M.S. and Ph.D. program designed to prepare the next generation of scholars for positions as researchers, professors, or leaders in early childhood, human development, family studies, disability services, human services and related fields. We also offer an M.A. in Early Childhood Development & Programming, an M.A. in Leadership in Disability Services and a partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, providing Human Services students the opportunity to apply for a master's degree program in Couple & Family Therapy at TJU.

·       Our School of Education Graduate Program is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 schools for graduate education by US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” Masters and doctoral students work closely with renowned faculty in a rigorous program, conducting evidence-based research in real-world educational settings. 

If you are an educator looking for a flexible, convenient master’s degree to advance your career, apply to one of our online M.Ed. programs in Literacy, Teacher Leadership, Exceptional Children & Youth or Educational Technology. Ranked in the top 15 Online Graduate Education programs by US New & World Report and designed by full-time faculty, the interactive curriculum allows you to enhance your skills by taking class assignments, implementing them in your classroom and comparing results with your cohort. Online tuition rates are equivalent to in-state tuition.

UD is located on a beautiful campus in the centrally located and charming small town of Newark, DE.  


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Application Deadline

UD’s application process is fully online and easy to navigate.  Program application deadlines vary.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound386 Students
  • Female

    female80% Female
  • Male

    male20% Male


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  • checkbox-altOver 100 faculty members guide our 400 graduate students to become educators, researchers, advocates and leaders in their fields locally and around the globe.

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