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 the University of Delaware Principal Preparation Program, an 18-month course of study leading to Assistant Principal/Principal certification in the State of Delaware.

UDEL PPP students are engaged in:
  •  University of Delaware coursework for school leader preparation;
  •  School leader internships with principal mentors who have a proven track record of success;
  •  Ongoing Action Research cycle focused on a real problem of practice in their school or district;
  •  Opportunities to practice giving feedback to educators and become credentialed to use Delaware’s Performance Appraisal System (DPAS II); and
  • Ongoing professional learning with a cohort of aspiring school leaders from across the State of Delaware.


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 seeks qualified applicants each fall. Cohort 7 information will be available on this webpage in October 2020. Please contact Alison Travers with any questions about the UDEL Principal Preparation Program: 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 Admission Requirements

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.


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