Our graduates are leaders in their field; they are valuable citizens of today and tomorrow, independent critical thinkers, societally and ethically responsible, and have a broad understanding of the world. They know how to foster an inclusive and diverse community where different backgrounds and cultures are celebrated, and identities are embraced in order to better prepare their own students for an increasingly diverse and complex world.

Our programs are nationally recognized.

The following programs are nationally recognized by their respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA):

  • ACEI (American Association of Childhood Education International) for the Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-6) and Master of Education: Elementary Studies (Grades K-6) Programs
  • AMLE/NMSA (Association of Middle Level Education/National Middle Level Science Association) for the Bachelor of Science: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8) Program
  • CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) for the Master of Education: Special Education Program
  • ILA/IRA (International Reading Association/International Literacy Association) for the Master of Education: Reading Program
  • ELCC (Educational Leadership Constituent Council) for the Master of Education: School Leadership Program

 


Eight Annual Reporting Measures

 

 



Graduate Impact on P-12 learning and development.

 

DPAS II is Delaware’s statewide educator evaluation system. As a statewide system, DPAS II establishes consistent educator and student performance expectations and outcomes across all schools.

Out of 5152 DPAS II Evaluations conducted on Wilmington University Graduates from 2014-2018, 1633 graduates EXCEEDED student growth goals with all others SATISFYING student growth goals.

(Source DE Ed Prep Data Warehouse).

56% of Delaware elementary school teachers hold degrees from Wilmington University.

91% of K-12 school leaders in Delaware schools have attended Wilmington University.

Now known as “Delaware’s Teaching College,” the WilmU College of Education has been the higher education choice of seven of the last 10 Delaware Teachers of the Year, including the last seven consecutive award winners.

 


Praxis Pass Rates

praxis 99% 2015-2016
praxis 98% 2016-2017
praxis 100% 2017-2018
praxis 100% 2018-2019

 

Across all programs, Praxis pass rates averaged 96% in 2014–2015, increased to 99% in 2015-2016, remained high at 98% in 2016-2017 and increased to 100% in 2017-2018 and in 2018-2019.

 


Average licensure rates.

 

100% licensure rate

Wilmington University is proud to confirm a 100% licensure rate for all College of Education graduates from our licensure programs who seek licensure.

 


Employer Satisfaction Rates

 

100%

100% of Principals/Supervisors indicate WilmU’s graduates are most prepared in designing instruction/learning experiences that account for individual differences and ensuring a safe and inclusive learning environment.

91%

91% of Principals indicate that WilmU’s teacher preparation programs prepare graduates to actively pursue, reflect upon, and use professional development opportunities, coaching, and/or mentoring to improve teaching practice.

91%

91% of Principals indicate that graduates from WilmU’s teacher preparation program are fully prepared to work effectively with students from diverse communities, different cultures, and those living in poverty.


 


WilmU Graduate Preparedness

 

96%

of graduates indicate their teacher preparation program prepared them to design instruction/learning experiences that account for individual differences in abilities and backgrounds.

92%

of graduates indicate their teacher preparation program prepared them to ensure a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.

91%

of graduates indicate their teacher preparation program prepared them to use content knowledge to design, select, or modify formative and summative assessments, which are aligned with instructional goals and provide information about student progress on those goals.

 


Alumni Testimonials

 

"I am a different person now from when I entered the program. The program shows you the reality of being a teacher and provides opportunities to focus on areas for improvement. I had time to hone my craft and received great support there. This was an amazing journey."

Sharon Keen
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
2017 Graduate

"I am very grateful for the support that came from Wilmington University. All of my questions were met with quick feedback, and I felt that they helped me be very successful. I had a unique experience in student teaching, which was very overwhelming at first, but I was fully supported by my supervisor and the rest of the staff of my participating school, which helped me get through it. Thank you WilmU for believing in me :)"

Falon Licinski
Bachelor of Science: Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8), Science
2016 Graduate

"I enjoyed my experience at Wilmington University. I had the pleasure of studying under some phenomenal professors who have contributed to my development as an education facilitator. The program provided me with the knowledge that I needed to make a difference in the lives of my students."

Victoria Ruckman
Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Teaching (Grades 7 – 12), Science
2016 Graduate

"I really appreciated, throughout my entire educational experience with the College of Education, the attentiveness that the faculty and staff put into the students. Whenever I needed something, I heard back right away and everyone was happy to help me. Many individuals went out of their way to support me."

Madisen Mccarthy
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
2017 Graduate

"This program was challenging. I am now prepared to teach in my own classroom after receiving guidance from faculty. I am now prepared more than ever. Thank you for pushing me."

Lisa Kristik
Master of Education: Elementary Studies (Grades K-6)
2017 Graduate


 


Wilmington University Teachers of the Year

 

 

Dana Bowe

Dana Bowe

2019 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. Special Education Non-Cert.

An elementary special education teacher from the Seaford School District is Delaware’s 2019 State Teacher of the Year... [Dana] teaches kindergarten through second grade for the Sussex County Orthopedic Program at West Seaford Elementary School... Read more...

Virginia Forcucci

Virginia Forcucci

2018 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. Career & Technical Education

A high school English teacher from the Sussex Technical School District is Delaware’s 2018 State Teacher of the Year. Read more...

View Virginia Forcucci's TED Talk

 

Wendy Turner

Wendy Turner

2017 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. Elementary Studies

Ten years ago Wendy Turner never guessed she’d be Delaware’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, mainly because she was an accountant for 17 years. But she needed a change and switched to teaching. Read more...

Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

2016 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. Primary Education K-4

This 2016 Delaware Teacher of the Year is passionate about education — and Wilmington University. Read more...

 

Megan Szabo

2015 Teacher of the Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. School Counseling

Lea Wainwright

2014 Teacher of the Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Applied Technology in Education

Amber Augustus

2012 Teacher of the Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Middle Level 5-8

Joseph Masiello

2011 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. School Leadership & Instruction

Mary Pinkston

2010 Teacher of the Year
Graduate School Leadership Coursework

Mark Teesdale

2009 Teacher of the Year
M.Ed. Applied Technology in Education

 

 


Wilmington University Assistant Principals of the Year

 

 

Colleen Conaty

Colleen Conaty

2018 DE Assistant Principal of the Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership Courses

Colleen Conaty, an assistant principal at Howard High School of Technology, has been named the 2017-18 Delaware Assistant Principal of the Year... Read more...

Dr. Courtney Voshell

Dr. Courtney Voshell

2014 DE Assistant Principal of the Year
Ed.D. Educational Leadership & M.Ed. School Leadership

Wilmington University Alumna Selected as Delaware’s Assistant Principal of the Year. Read more...

 

Richard Evans

Richard Evans

2012 DE Assistant Principal of the Year
M.Ed. School Leadership

Richard Evans of Sussex Central High School has been named Delaware’s 2012 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Administrators. Read more...

Christopher Beck

Christopher Beck

2011 DE Assistant Principal of the Year
M.Ed. Applied Technology in Education

Chris Beck is the 2011 NASSP/Virco Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Delaware. Beck is assistant principal at Middletown High School. View more...

 


Wilmington University Principals of the Year

 

 

Sherry Kijowski

Sherry Kijowski

2019 Delaware Principal of the Year
Graduate Certificate in Reading

I think one of the best parts of being a principal is when a fleeting comment becomes an idea, and that idea then becomes an integral part of your school’s DNA... Read more...

Maribeth Courtney

Maribeth Courtney

2018 DE National Distinguished Principal of the Year
MEC Elementary and School Leadership Courses

Maribeth Courtney has served as principal of Evan G. Shortlidge Academy for the last six years, where she has worked diligently to improve instructional practices... Read more...

 

Becky Neubert

Becky Neubert

2017 DE National Distinguished Principal of the Year
B.S. Middle Level 5-8 & M.Ed. School Leadership

...One teacher at Central Elementary School (CES) says... “[I am] lucky to call my principal a colleague and a friend, as we work together for our kids.” Read more...

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Dr. Stanley Spoor

2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Applied Technology in Education, M.Ed. School Administration

 

Jennifer Nauman

2016 DE National Distinguished Principal of the Year
M.Ed. School Administration

Neil Beahan

2014 Delaware Middle Level Principal of the Year
M.Ed. Non-Degree School Leadership Courses

 

 


Wilmington University Superintendents of the Year

 

 

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Dr. Matthew L. Burrows

2018 Delaware Superintendent of the Year
Doctor of Education and M.Ed. Elementary Studies

Dr. Mark Holodick

Dr. Mark Holodick

2016 Delaware Superintendent of the Year
M.Ed. Instruction: Teaching & Learning

Dr. Mark Holodick, the Superintendent of the Brandywine School District, received the Superintendent of the year designation by his peers.

 

Dr. Mervin Daugherty

Dr. Mervin Daugherty

2015 Delaware Superintendent of the year
Ed.D. Leadership

Before being named Superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools in August 2018, Dr. Mervin B. Daugherty was Superintendent of Delaware’s largest and highest-achieving school district. Read more...

 


Wilmington University School Counselors of the Year

 

 

Tammy L. Taylor

Tammy L. Taylor

2019 DE School Counselor of the Year Nominee
MEC School Counseling

A finalist for Delaware School Couselor of the Year from S. Dover Elementary School. View more...

Jaqueline Sheridan

Jaqueline Sheridan

2019 DE School Counselor of the Year Nominee
MEC School Counseling

A finalist for Delaware School Couselor of the Year from Mariner Middle School. View more...

 

Lisa Street

Lisa Street

2019 DE School Counselor of the Year Nominee
MEC School Counseling

A finalist for Delaware School Couselor of the Year from Brandywine High School. View more...

Laura Malmstrom

Laura Malmstrom

2018 DE School Counselor of the Year
MEC School Counseling

The 2018 Delaware School Couselor of the Year from Sarah Pyle Academy. View more...

 

Cheryl M. Carey

2016 DE School Counselor of the Year
MEC School Counseling

Jan Bomhardt

2015 DE Elementary School Counselor of the Year
MEC School Counseling

Judith Hayes

2015 DE Middle School Counselor of the Year
MEC School Counseling

 

 


Average GPA of Entry Cohorts

 

3.86

2014 - 2015

3.61

2015 - 2016

3.68

2016 - 2017

3.53

2017 - 2018

 


Graduates Employed in their primary field of preparation

2016-2017

0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-6) Bachelor of Science Middle Level Education Grades 6-8 Master of Education: Elementary Studies Master of Education: Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Teaching (Grades 7-12) 83% 71% 100% 70% 78%

2017-2018

0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (Grades K-6) Bachelor of Science Middle Level Education Grades 6-8 Master of Education: Elementary Studies Master of Education: Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Teaching (Grades 7-12) 89% 68% 100% 78% 73%

 


Student Loan Default Rates

 

The latest Official Cohort Default Rate data issued by the federal government in October 2018 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 has Wilmington University at 9.3% compared to the national average of 10.8%.

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