Delaware Academy for School Leadership

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 IV.

This program offers an alternative route to achieving certification in less than 18 months. Cohort IV will kick off in July 2018 and all Cohort IV members are expected to complete program requirements by December 2019.


“As a Cohort, I 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, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District

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 IV online application will be available February 1, 2018 and will remain available through spring 2018. 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 IV application process or for technical support: or (302)500-7033.



UDEL PPP Curriculum & Components:

  • Four courses including Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment I & II; People, Systems & Operations; and Early Childhood Leadership;
  • All coursework delivered in a statewide cohort model;
  • Two internship experiences totaling 240+ hours;
  • DPAS II for Teachers credentialing and practice;
  • Action Research projects;
  • Seminars on current trends and issues in educational leadership;
  • One year of leadership coaching following program completion & upon hire in a leadership position

UDEL PPP Cohort IV Admission Requirements (Spring 2018)

UDEL PPP candidates 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 Cohort I Graduates!

Jenna Argo

Assistant Principal, Phillip Showell Elementary and School of the Arts, Indian River School District (2017)

Jacqueline Gallagher

Assistant Principal, Brader Elementary School, Christina School District (July 2017)

Shani Benson

Assistant Principal, East Dover Elementary School, Capital School District (November 2017)


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

Alison Travers