Continuing education at DelVal leads to success in the workplace by Madison Moore ’15

Professional advancement and the confidence in the ability to lead a school district is something Christopher Wolfel ’17 plans on gaining from being a part of the doctor of education in educational leadership program at Delaware Valley University.

Currently, Wolfel is a director of special education at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, which provides programs and services to children, especially those with special needs. Supporting students and families is a passion of his, and he “wants to see students succeed and families have all the resources to support their children at home.”

“I believe DelVal and the learning I have only after one year has led to positive outcomes,” said Wolfel.

He said that his learning at DelVal has led to positive results with his students, families and staff in his current position. Wolfel said that seeing students and their families feel more supported and successful, including his staff, is all the reward he needs.

“All of the professors have given us immediate tools that can be implemented in our schools and programs to improve the quality of education we provide,” said Wolfel.

The cohort model was one of the main reasons Wolfel chose DelVal, where applicants are accepted into a cohort that forms once each academic year. The model allows students to get to know one another, develop strong working relationships and learn in a collaborative fashion.

“One of the key reasons for enrolling at Delaware Valley University was the setup of the courses and having those courses linked with professionals in the field that had the expertise in that area,” said Wolfel. “DelVal has designed a program to guide its student through the process, ensuring our success.”

So far, his favorite part about the University has been the flexibility and responsiveness of the University in working with their cohort. He said the faculty is “amazing,” and they provide the cohort with “expert knowledge.”

“The professors’ knowledge, teaching and guidance has provided me with immediate learning and practices that I can embed into my work leading to student achievement.”

Wolfel said not only are the professors accessible, but the library staff has also been “accommodating and supportive” to the needs of the students, creating a webpage individualized to their field to “guide us with the most effective resources for educational research.”