Has the state adopted leadership standards?

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

Has the state adopted leadership standards?

April 2018

  • CAEP: The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) serves as a national accrediting body for educator preparation programs. CAEP was formed in 2013, with the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
  • NASDTEC: The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement facilitates license reciprocity in states which have signed the agreement. The agreement outlines which forms of licensure will be accepted by the 'receiving state' and under what conditions. 
  • ISLLC/PSEL Standards: The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards are nationally recognized school leadership standards first developed in 1996 and revised in 2008 and 2015. The 2015 version of the standards was renamed Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).   
  • ELCC Standards: The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards are nationally recognized educational leadership program standards. These standards were revised in 2018 and renamed The National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards.    
  • If the state has adopted standards identical to a nationally recognized organization, it is included. Adapted or modified versions of standards are not indicated.

The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Has the state adopted leadership standards? Citation/Source
Alabama Yes. Alabama has adopted the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders. Source
Alaska Yes. Alaska has adopted state content and performance standards for administrators. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 04.200
Arizona Yes. Arizona has adopted the Professional Administrative Standards (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards). Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-603
Arkansas Yes. Arkansas has adopted the Standards for School Administrators in Arkansas (identical to the 2008 ISLLC standards).

Arkansas has also adopted the Professional Standards for Educator Leaders (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards).
California Yes. California has adopted the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders. Cal. Educ. Code § 44671 

Colorado Yes. Colorado has adopted the Principal Quality Standards. 1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-6.00 through 1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-6.07
Connecticut Yes. Connecticut has adopted the Connecticut School Leadership Standards. Source
Delaware Yes. Delaware has adopted the Delaware Administrator Standards (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards). 14 Del. Admin. Code 1590
District of Columbia Yes. DC has developed the Model DC School Leadership Standards. Source
Florida Yes. Florida has adopted the Florida Principal Leadership Standards. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.080
Georgia Yes. Georgia has adopted the 2015 Georgia Educational Leadership Standards. Source
Hawaii Yes. Hawaii has adopted domains of leadership. Source
Idaho Yes. Idaho has adopted the Idaho Standards for School Principals (identical to 2015 PSEL standards). Idaho Education Rule 08-0202-1701
Illinois Yes. Illinois has adopted the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards (identical to the 2008 ISLLC standards). Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 29.100
Indiana Yes. Indiana has adopted the Indiana Educator Standards for School Leader -Building Level. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 13-1-1

Iowa Yes. Iowa has adopted the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. Source
Kansas Yes. Kansas has adopted the Kansas Licensure Program Standards for Building Level Leadership. Source
Kentucky Yes. Kentucky has adopted the Principal Performance Standards.  Source
Louisiana Yes. Louisiana has adopted the Standards for Educational Leaders in Louisiana. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXVII, 303
Maine Yes. Maine has adopted Administrator Candidate Standards. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 2
Maryland Yes. Maryland has adopted the 2015 PSEL standards. Source
Massachusetts Yes. Massachusetts has adopted the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.10
Michigan Yes. Michigan has adopted the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals (identical to the 2011 ELCC standards). Source
Minnesota Yes. Minnesota has adopted the core leadership competencies for administrative licenses and additional principal competencies. Minn. R. 3512.0510
Mississippi Yes. Mississippi has adopted the Mississippi Administrator Standards and Indicators. Source
Missouri Yes. Missouri has adopted the Missouri Leader Standards. Source
Montana Yes. Montana has adopted the Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards for School Principals, Supervisors and Curriculum Directors. Mont. Admin. R. 10.58.705
Nebraska Yes. Nebraska has adopted the Nebraska Performance Framework for Principals. Source
Nevada Yes. Nevada has adopted the School Administrator Instructional Leadership Standards and Indicators. Nev. Admin. Code 391.572
New Hampshire Yes. New Hampshire has adopted principal skills, competencies and knowledge standards. NH ADC ED 506.04
New Jersey Yes. New Jersey has adopted the Professional Standards for School Leaders (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards). N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9-3.4
New Mexico Yes. New Mexico has adopted state administrator licensure competencies and indicators. N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
New York Yes. New York has adopted the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards). N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 30-3.2
North Carolina Yes. North Carolina has adopted the North Carolina School Executive Standards. North Carolina State Board Policy EVAL-030
North Dakota Yes. North Dakota has adopted the 2008 ISLLC standards. Source
Ohio Yes. Ohio has adopted the Ohio Standards for Principals. Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-09
Oklahoma Yes. Oklahoma has adopted competencies for licensure and certification of administrative personnel. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-181 through Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-189
Oregon Yes. Oregon has adopted the Educational Leadership for Administrator Licensure Standards. Or. Admin. R. 584-018-0205
Pennsylvania Yes. Pennsylvania has adopted the Pennsylvania Leadership Standards. Source
Rhode Island Yes. Rhode Island has adopted the Standards for Educational Leadership in Rhode Island (identical to the 2008 ISLLC standards). R.I. Code R. 21-2-49
South Carolina Yes. South Carolina has adopted principal performance standards. Source
South Dakota Yes. South Dakota has adopted principal performance standards. S.D. Admin. R. 24:58:01:01
Tennessee Yes. Tennessee has adopted the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards. State Board Policy 5.101
Texas Yes. Texas has adopted principal certificate standards. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 241.15
Utah Yes. Utah has adopted the Utah Educational Leadership Standards. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-530-6
Vermont Yes. Vermont has adopted the 2015 PSEL standards. Source
Virginia Yes. Virginia has adopted the Virginia Performance Standards for School Leaders. Source
Washington Yes. Washington has adopted state standards for principals and program administrators. Wash. Admin. Code 181-78A-264
West Virginia Yes. West Virginia has adopted the Standards for Professional Practice for School Principals. W. Va. Code R. 126-165-5
Wisconsin Yes. Wisconsin has adopted administrator standards. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.03
Wyoming Yes. Wyoming has adopted the 2011 ELCC standards for program approval. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 4

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