Delaware Academy for School Leadership

UDEL Principal Preparation Program

UDEL PPP: Principal Preparation Program

A University of Delaware Course of Study leading to Assistant Principal & Principal Certification in Delaware

Are you an educator interested in becoming an assistant principal or principal?

If so, consider applying to become a member of the University of Delaware Principal Preparation Program Cohort 6.  This program offers an alternative route to achieving certification in less than 18 months. Cohort 6 will kick off in July 2020 and all Cohort 6 members are expected to complete program requirements by December 2021.

UDEL PPP participants are engaged in action research through University of Delaware coursework while completing leader internships with principal mentors who have a proven track record of success. Prior to completing the program, participants have opportunities to practice and receive feedback regarding Delaware’s Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II) and exit the program as credentialed evaluators of educators.

The UDEL PPP Cohort 6 online application will be available October 1, 2019 and will remain available through January 7, 2020. The application can be started and saved for later submission. Please contact Alison Travers with any questions about the UDEL Principal Preparation Program, the Cohort 6 application process or for technical support: or (302)500-7033.  


“As a Cohort 1 Graduate of the University of Delaware’s Principal Preparation Program, I am confident that I have received the right training to tackle the challenges of 21st century Educational Leadership to assure for success for all learners.”

Nathalie Princilus, Assistant Principal, Delcastle Technical High School, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District

UDEL PPP Curriculum & Components:

The UDEL PPP is designed around five core competencies that are fully aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards:

  1. Vision and Goals
  2. Teaching, Learning and Community Supports for Students
  3. People, Professional Staff, Families, and Community
  4. Systems, Operations, and Management
  5. Professional Norms and Ethics

We help students cultivate these through:

  • Four core courses: Leadership for Today’s Students and Schools; Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction; Leadership for People, Systems & Operations; and Early Childhood Leadership;
  • All coursework delivered in a statewide cohort model utilizing a blended learning technique;
  • Two internship experiences totaling 240+ hours;
  • DPAS II for Teachers credentialing and practice;
  • Focused Action Research project to develop the individual as a school leader;
  • Seminars on current trends and issues in educational leadership;
  • One year of leadership coaching following program completion & upon hire in a school leadership position

UDEL PPP Cohort 6 Admission Requirements

(Fall 2019)

UDEL PPP applicants must submit:

  • Transcripts from an accredited institution of higher learning indicating the candidate has earned a master’s degree, and a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Evidence of leadership in current and previous educator roles;
  • Formative and summative performance evaluations demonstrating excellence in teaching for a minimum of five (5) years*;
  • A writing sample; and
  • Three letters of recommendation (including one from a current supervisor)

*Candidates with 3+ years will be considered; however, certification in the State of Delaware requires 5 years of teaching experience.

Cohort VI PPP Information

Tuesday, October 15, 2019        4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

New Castle County

University of Delaware, 200 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716 Room 210/2nd Floor Conference Room

Monday, October 28, 2019        4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Kent County

University of Delaware Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901

Monday, November 4, 2019        4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Sussex County

21225 College Drive, Georgetown, Delaware

Del Tech Owens Campus, Carter Partnership Building Room 540G

Tuesday, November 19, 2019        4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Information Session

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Monday, December 2, 2019    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Information Session

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Thursday, December 12, 2019    4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Information Session

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Congratulations, UDEL PPP Graduates!

Rhiannon O’Neal

Assistant Principal, Laurel High School, Laurel School District (2018)

Tracy Calhoun

Assistant Principal, Silver Lake Elementary School, Appoquinimink School District (2018)

Emily Warren (Cohort III)

Assistant Principal, Richardson Park Learning Center, Red Clay Consolidated School District (2018)

Contact us with questions about the next cohort for UDEL PPP: Principal Preparation Program

Alison Travers