The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware (UD) was
asked by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to examine one of their career pathways: the K12
Teacher Academy. The goal of this pathway is to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to
sustain their interest in the profession and cultivate the skills needed to be successful educators, thus creating
a pipeline of high-quality students transitioning to the teaching profession. Currently, the program features
courses in Human Growth and Development, Teaching as a Profession, Foundations of Curriculum and
Instruction, and Exceptional Children. In order to learn more about student experiences within the pathway,
as well as their future plans and perceptions of the teaching profession, CRESP developed a survey with input
from DDOE staff as well as the K-12 Teacher Academy instructors. The survey was administered to K-12
Teacher Academy students in November of 2019.
471 students who attend a K-12 teacher academy pathway in Delaware completed a survey. Key takeaways are presented below.