DELAWARE: TOP 10 BACHELOR’S PROGRAMS

As a small but relatively populated state, Delaware has a lot of opportunities for educators and is committed to training as many of its teachers as possible at its in-state private and public colleges and universities. If becoming a licensed Delaware teacher is your goal, the first thing you’ll need to do is obtain an education degree leading to teacher licensure. To help you choose the very best school, we’ve compiled detailed program descriptions, ranking data and statistics on Delaware’s top bachelor of education programs.

1.Delaware State University

The Department of Education at Delaware State University gets top marks as a place for aspiring teachers to learn, gain practical classroom experience and advice on how to enter the job market. While the department offers many programs to help meet aspiring teachers’ and teachers’ wherever they are at in the career cycle, at the bachelor’s level, there are four possible majors: early childhood education (Birth-2); elementary education (K-6); middle level education (6-8); and physical Education (K-12). Whatever the level, however, the department is committed to giving students the best possible teacher training and preparing aspiring teachers to write the Praxis exam and enter the local job market. As stated, on their website, “Majors receive hands-on in school experiences in early field placements with partner schools, including at the Delaware State University Caesar Rodney Transition Partnership Project on campus, and the Early Childhood Lab School, which serves infants and toddlers through kindergarten.”

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 29344
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 29000
  • Average state starting salary$ 39338
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 8.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 10
  • Graduation Rate Score 4.34
  • ROI/Value Score 4
  • Student to Faculty Score 2

2.University of Delaware

Another top destination for aspiring Delaware teachers is the School of Education at the University of Delaware. With outstanding faculty, robust field placements and strong Praxis exam preparation, the School of Education knows exactly what Delaware’s aspiring teachers need to get their careers in education off the ground. At the undergraduate level, the School of Education offers a dynamic major in elementary level teacher, but that’s not all—students also choose a concentration in one of the following five areas: English as a second language, middle school English, middle school math, middle school science, and special education.  This means that all University of Delaware education students graduate qualified to teach at the elementary and middle school levels or to teach elementary level students and special education. This added credential means the University of Delaware’s graduates have a foot up on the job market too.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 48448
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24126.5
  • Average state starting salary$ 39338
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 4
  • Acceptance Rate Score 7.7
  • Graduation Rate Score 10
  • ROI/Value Score 6.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 6.1

3.Wesley College

At Wesley College, an elite liberal arts college that has been offering high-quality education since the late 19th century, students in the Department of Education benefit from outstanding faculty, small classes and ample one-on-one mentorship.  The college’s bachelor-level program leads to teacher licensure at either the K-8 level or in special education. With courses on literacy, learning, assessment, curriculum development and much more, Wesley College’s program covers all the bases. Most importantly, the program values field placements, so from early on in one’s bachelor’s degree, student teachers are able to gain practical on-the-ground experience in local classrooms and work under the guidance of a seasoned teacher.  This gives Wesley College graduates a cutting edge on the local job market.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 94360
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 30750
  • Average state starting salary$ 39338
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 16 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 2
  • Acceptance Rate Score 7.9
  • Graduation Rate Score 3.29
  • ROI/Value Score 2
  • Student to Faculty Score 2

4.Wilmington University

At Wilmington University, aspiring Delaware teachers can complete bachelor of science degrees in education studies in the College of Education. However, it is important to note that the school’s bachelor of science in education studies does not degree does not lead directly to teacher licensure. As stated on the school’s website, Wilmington University’s bachelor of science in education studies offers aspiring Delaware teachers, “knowledge and skills to work effectively with children and youth in positions that do not require state licensure/certification, an early opportunity to enter a teacher licensure/certification program at a later date, or a strong foundation for students interested in areas such as learning theory, educational psychology, child development, and education best practices in preparation for a variety of other occupations and career paths.” Thus, while a great way to begin exploring an education career at the undergraduate level, the school’s strength is educational studies.

Program Facts

  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 39800
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 18192
  • Average state starting salary$ 39338
  • Student to Faculty Ratio 14 :1

Program Rankings

  • Expense Score 6.1
  • Acceptance Rate Score 0
  • Graduation Rate Score 4.64
  • ROI/Value Score 8.1
  • Student to Faculty Score 8.1
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