College of Education and Liberal Arts

About the College of Education and Liberal Arts

The College of Education and Liberal Arts at Wilmington University is a leading preparer of educators for schools in Delaware and the region. The College attracts substantial numbers of students who are preparing to pursue careers as educators in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

In addition to teacher preparation degrees in elementary and middle school teaching, special education, and secondary teaching, the College offers degrees and preparation programs in a variety of specialized educational areas such as school counseling, school leadership, educational technology, career and technical education, instruction, and reading. Doctoral degrees are offered in higher education leadership, school and school district leadership, teacher leadership, and organizational leadership. At any given time there are about 1,000 Wilmington University students doing supervised fieldwork in schools throughout Delaware and the region.

Vision

We believe that effective professional educators must also be learners who want to share challenging ideas and successful practices with their colleagues. Educators prepared at Wilmington University believe in the importance of hard work and persistence, and in reflecting on and improving the quality of that work. They are committed to collaborating with parents, colleagues, and community stakeholders. They want to create teaching/learning environments that encourage exploration and innovation, that enhance personal, physical and emotional development, and that stimulate intellectual growth and high levels of student achievement. We try to maintain a climate of high expectations, caring, and respect for the worth of every individual. We view ourselves as “Professional Partners, Creating Environments for Learning.”

Mission

The College of Education at Wilmington University prepares educators to work successfully with children from birth through adolescence, and to work closely and effectively with all education stakeholders. Our programs prepare candidates to work effectively with students with a wide variety of learning needs and diverse cultural, socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds. An important goal of our programs is the translation of theory into practice. All programs are standards-driven. All programs emphasize the importance of data-based decision making, practical experiences in classrooms and schools, content knowledge, knowing and understanding learner needs, and the application of research-based best practices.

Conceptual framework

The College of Education Conceptual Framework reflects the vision and mission of the University and articulates the College’s philosophy and goals. The Conceptual Framework is the fundamental theoretical architecture upon which all degree programs are based. The framework includes eight specific Program Attributes essential for the preparation of effective educators. These attributes appear on every course syllabus.

The complete Conceptual Framework can be found on the Wilmington University website

Accreditation

Wilmington University is a private, non-profit institution that is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) . In addition, all licensure-linked teacher preparation degree programs are nationally recognized by relevant Specialized Professional Associations. College of Education degree programs contributing to eligibility for state licensure/certification are also approved by the Delaware Department of Education.

Because our programs are state-approved, the College of Education must sometimes modify degree requirements to comply with licensure/certification or regulatory changes mandated by the Delaware Professional Standards Board, the Delaware State Department of Education, or the Delaware General Assembly. 

Background checks

A Criminal Background Check (CBC) is required for all field placements associated with College of Education degrees (e.g., practical, course-related fieldwork, student teaching, internships, residencies, etc.). This includes a background check by the FBI and the Delaware State Police, and clearance through the Delaware Child Protection Registry (DCPR). This process must be completed PRIOR to submitting applications for placements. No applications for clinical placements can be considered until all CBC and DCPR reports have been received. Details about this process are explained here.

Content Assessment

Candidates for all undergraduate College of Education degrees except the B.S. in Education Studies must meet the content assessment requirements adopted by the Delaware Department of Education and described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290, in order to be eligible to enroll in student teaching. That regulation states, in part:

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

Candidates must check with Program Chairs or Academic Advisors as to the ETS Praxis II content assessments and prerequisites for fieldwork.  These assessments differ depending on the areas and levels of teacher certifications that are desired.

Please note that admission to the University and to the College of Education (graduate and undergraduate) does not guarantee admission to a state-approved educator preparation program. All students are required to take the state-mandated Praxis II content assessment exam required for their intended teaching area(s) as stipulated in their program plans (see below). 

 

Praxis II Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs

Undergraduate Students with Transfer Credits

Bachelor of Science 0-2

Bachelor of Science K-6

Bachelor of Science 6-8

Students must provide Praxis II scores on the Social Studies and Math Praxis II subtests during their first semester of enrollment. Students must take all subtests by the end of Practicum II.   Students who do not provide passing scores MUST enroll in the next available and relevant WilmU Praxis Preparation Course.  

Undergraduate Students with No Transfer Credits

Bachelor of Science 0-2

Bachelor of Science K-6

Bachelor of Science 6-8

 Students must take all required Praxis II exams during their first year of enrollment.  Students must take all subtests by the end of Practicum II. Students who do not pass one or more Praxis II subtests MUST enroll in the next available and relevant WilmU Praxis Preparation Course. 

Graduate Teacher Preparation Degrees

MEE

MAT

MSE

the Praxis II by the end of Practicum II.  Students who do not pass one or more subtests MUST enroll in the next available relevant WilmU Praxis Preparation Course. Students must have attempted the required Praxis II exam by the end of Practicum I or the first semester of their program (whichever comes first).  Students must take all subtests of

Eligibility for ARTC

to the ARTC pathway without passing Praxis II scores.  MSE students who have not passed all Praxis II subtests MUST enroll in the relevant WilmU Praxis Preparation Course and may not register for or participate in any ARTC-specific courses such as summer ARTC institutes or field work.cannot be admittedGraduate students must provide passing Praxis II Content (subject/grade level) Knowledge scores prior to ARTC Eligibility.  Students