What are the initial school leader certification requirements?

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

What are the initial school leader certification requirements?

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.

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
 

What are the initial school leader certification requirements? Citation/Source
Alabama To qualify for a Class A Professional Leadership Certificate as an Instructional Leader, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid Alabama Class B Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or a valid Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Complete an Alabama-approved program in instructional leadership with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in all courses
  • Complete a special education course focused primarily on methods of accommodating instruction to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities in inclusive settings, multicultural education, teaching English language learners, rural education or urban education
  • Complete an internship, as defined
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Educational Leadership assessment.

Note: In order to be admitted to an instructional leadership program at the class A level, a candidate must have a minimum of three years full-time, acceptable professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one year of full-time P-12 classroom teaching experience.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.03

Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48
Alaska To qualify for an Administrative Certificate (Type B), a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher, which includes three semester hours in Alaska studies and three semester hours in multicultural education or cross-cultural communications, and receive institutional recommendation
  • Complete an accepted school administration program
  • Complete training in alcohol- and drug-related disabilities, sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention, dating violence awareness and prevention and youth suicide awareness and prevention
  • Have three years of satisfactory employment as a teacher or special services provider in an elementary/secondary program with an Alaska Teacher Certificate, Special Services Certificate (Type C) or comparable certificate issued by another state.

Note: Candidates must earn at least six semester hours of credit within the five years preceding application.
Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.345
Arizona To qualify for a Standard Professional Principal Certificate - grades P-12, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Complete a program in educational administration for principals that includes at least 30 graduate semester hours of educational administration courses based on the Professional Administrative Standards, including three credit hours in school law and three credit hours in school finance
  • Complete a practicum as a principal or have two years of verified experience as a principal or assistant principal under the supervision of a certified principal in grades P-12
  • Hold a Structured English Immersion endorsement, an English as a Second Language endorsement or a Bilingual endorsement
  • Have three years of verified teaching experience in grades P-12
  • Receive a passing score on the principal portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment.

Note: The assessment requirement may be waived with verification of three years of full-time experience as an administrator in any state, including Arizona or verification of receiving a passing score on a substantially similar administrative exam from another state.
Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-616

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Arkansas To qualify for a Building-Level Administrator License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a current, Arkansas Standard License in a content teaching area, as a school counselor that was issued as an initial licensure area or in a career and technical area
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in education, educational leadership or a licensure content area
  • Have at least four years of P-12 experience as a licensed classroom teacher, school counselor or library media specialist
  • Complete the teacher evaluation professional development program and recieve a passing score on the assessment
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: For candidates who hold a master's degree in a subject other than educational leadership, verified completion of an Arkansas-approved, graduate-level program of study reflective of the standards for building-level administrator certification that includes an internship with adequate and substantial experiences at both the K-6 and 7-12 levels is required.
Code Ark. R. 005.16.18-6.0
California To qualify for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, a candidate must:
  • Hold either 1) a valid clear or life California teaching credential that requires a program of professional preparation including student teaching or the equivalent, 2) a valid clear or life California designated subjects teaching credential in adult education, career technical education, vocational education or special subjects or 3) a valid clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services that requires a program of professional preparation (all options require the candidate to hold a bachelor's degree)
  • Complete a specialized and professional preparation program in administrative services, complete a intern program in administrative services or receive a passing score on the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE)
  • Have at least five years of successful, full-time classroom teaching experience at a public/private school located in California and/or another state, five years successful, full-time experience in pupil personnel services, school nurse, teacher librarian, speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services at a public/private school located in California or another state or a combination equal to five years
  • Meet the basic skills requirement, unless exempt
  • Provide verification of an offer of employment in a full- or part-time administrative position in an employing agency.
Cal. Code Regs. tit. 5, § 80054

Cal. Educ. Code § 44270 
Colorado To qualify for an Initial Principal License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accepted institution of higher education
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program at an accepted institution of higher education or an approved alternative principal program
  • Have at least three years of full-time, successful experience as a licensed or certified professional in a public/non-public elementary or secondary school in Colorado or another state
  • Receive a passing score on the state-board adopted assessment for Principal Quality Standards.
1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-3.03
Connecticut To qualify for an Initial Educator Certificate for Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree from an approved institution
  • Complete 18 semester hours of graduate credit, in addition to the master's degree
  • Complete a planned program of preparation for administrative and supervisory personnel and receive institutional recommendation, which requires successful completion of the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT)
  • Complete graduate study in 1) psychological and pedagogical foundations of learning, 2) curriculum development and program monitoring, 3) school administration, 4) personnel evaluation and supervision and 5) contemporary educational problems and solutions from a policymaking perspective
  • Complete a course of study in special education comprised of at least 36 clock hours, which must include study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education, and methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom
  • Have 50 school months of successful teaching experience or service.
Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-145d-574
Delaware To qualify for a Standard Certificate as a School Principal, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing or Advanced License
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university in educational leadership offered by a CAEP recognized educator preparation program or a state-approved educator preparation program where the state approval body employed the appropriate national standards
  • Have at least five years of teaching experience.

Note: If a candidate does not meet the education requirement, he/she may hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited college of university in any field and successfully complete either a school principal course of study or a school principal certification program to satisfy this requirement.
14 Del. Admin. Code 1591
District of Columbia To qualify for an Initial Administrative Services Credential, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university, complete a state-approved educator preparation program for educational administrators or hold a valid administrative services credential from another state
  • Have at least two years of full-time, P-12 grade school-based teaching, instructional leadership and/or pupil services experience.
D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-A, § 1603
Florida To qualify for Certification in Educational Leadership, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an acceptable institution
  • Successfully complete the Florida Educational Leadership core curriculum through one of the following paths:
  1. Complete a Florida-approved pre-service program in educational leadership offered by an acceptable institution
  2. Hold a master's degree with a major in educational administration, administration and supervision or educational leadership awarded by an acceptable institution
  3. Hold a master's degree with a major in a different subject and complete a Florida-approved modified program in educational leadership offered by an acceptable institution
  4. Hold a master's degree with a major in a different subject awarded by an acceptable institution and 30 semester hours of graduate credit which includes credit in each of the principal leadership standard areas and an internship or a course with associated field experience in educational leadership
  5. Complete a state-approved educational leadership training program offered by a Florida public school district
  • Receive a passing score on the Florida Educational Leadership examination.
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0082

Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.00821
Georgia To qualify for a Performance-Based Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership - Tier II, a candidate must:
  • Hold an Educational Leadership - Tier I Certificate (required for all leadership positions below principal) or a Standard Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership - Tier II (issued to an educator meeting reciprocity requirements) and complete an approved Educational Leadership - Tier II performance-based certification program
  • Complete, or be exempted from, all applicable special Georgia requirements including: 1) receive a passing score on the Ethics for Educational Leadership Assessment - Program Exit, 2) complete the special education requirement, 3) receive a passing score on the GACE Education Leadership Content Assessment and 4) receive a passing score on the performance-based assessment for school leaders for educators completing Tier II programs.
  • Verify employment with a Georgia local unit of administration, unless exempt.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-2-.153
Hawaii The main route to certification for school leaders is through the state department of education's Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL).

In order to meet requirements for admission to HICISL, a candidate following track A must:
  • Be a tenured, certificated teacher currently employed in the Hawaii Department of Education public school system
  • Have at least four years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Have received satisfactory performance evaluations.
In order to meet requirements for admission to HICISL, a candidate following track B must:
  • Be a non-tenured Hawaii Department of Education employee or non-Hawaii Department of Education employee
  • Hold a K-12 administrator license or a master’s degree in educational administration or educational leadership from an accredited university
  • Have at least three years of K-12 teaching experience
  • Have received satisfactory performance evaluations.
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Idaho To qualify for an Administrator Certificate with a School Principal Endorsement P-12, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete a state-approved program of at least 30 semester credit hours of graduate study in school administration for preparation of school principals at an accredited college or university that includes competencies of the Idaho Foundation Standards for School Administrators: School Climate, Collaborative Leadership, and Instructional Leadership and receive institutional recommendation
  • Complete an administrative internship in a state-approved program or have one year of experience as an administrator in grades P-12
  • Have four years of full-time certificated experience working with students, grades P-12, while under contract in an accredited school setting
  • Show proof of proficiency in evaluating teacher performance demonstrated by receiving a passing score on an approved assessment.
Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.015
Illinois To qualify for a Principal Endorsement - P-12, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program
  • Complete coursework in addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading and methods of teaching English language learners
  • Have at least four total years of teaching or four total years of working in the capacity of school support personnel in an Illinois public/non-public school or an approved out-of-state public/non-public school
  • Receive a passing score on the test of basic skills and IL Licensure Testing System: Principal as Instructional Leader.

Note: If a candidate has three years experience receiving at least a "proficient" performance evaluation rating or two years experience receiving an "excellent" performance evaluation rating, he/she satisfies the experience requirement.
105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-25

Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 25.337

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Indiana To qualify for a Building Level Administrator License, a candidate must:
  • Hold an initial, standard, provisional, proficient or accomplished practitioner Instructional or School Counselor License with at least one content area
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Complete an approved program in building level administration
  • Have at least two years of experience as a teacher
  • Hold a valid CPR certification from a department-approved provider
  • Obtain a suicide prevention training certificate
  • Receive a passing score on the Indiana CORE Assessment: School Administrator.
511 Ind. Admin. Code 15-6-28

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Iowa To qualify for an Initial Administrator License, a candidate who has completed a teacher preparation program must:
  • Complete a state-approved P-12 principal and P-12 supervisor of special education program
  • Complete an evaluator approval program
  • Receive institutional recommendation for the specific license and administrator endorsement
  • Meet the experience requirement for the desired administrator endorsement
  • Not be subject to any pending disciplinary proceedings in any state.

Note: Different requirements exist for candidates prepared in a professional service endorsement preparation program.

Additional qualifications required to receive a P-12 Principal Endorsement:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Complete a sequence of courses and experiences related to specified content and coursework
  • Have three years of teaching experience at the P-12 level while holding a valid license or have had six years of teaching and administrative experience while holding a valid license, provided that at least two years are teaching experience.
Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-18.4(272)

Iowa Admin. Code r. 282-18.9(272)
Kansas To qualify for an Initial School Leadership License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree and receive institutional verification of completion of a graduate-level school leadership program
  • Achieve a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in master's leadership program coursework
  • Have at lease five years of experience in a state-accredited school while holding a standard teaching or school specialist license and have achieved the professional-level license, a professional clinical license or a full technical certificate
  • Have at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least eight semester hours of recent credit
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-203
Kentucky To qualify for a Provisional Certificate for Instructional Leadership - School Principal, Level 1, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Complete an approved program of preparation
  • Have three years of teaching experience in a public/non-public school that meets the state performance standards or has been accredited by a regional or national accrediting association
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and the Kentucky Specialty Test of Instructional and Administrator Practices.

Note: A Professional Certificate for Instructional Leadership - School Principal, Level 1, is issued following successful completion of the Kentucky Principal Internship Program.
16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:050

16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 6:030
Louisiana To qualify for an Entry-level Educational Leader Certificate Level 1 (EDL 1), a candidate must:
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, a valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or hold a comparable level out-of-state teaching certificate and have three years of teaching experience in his/her area of certification
  • Complete a competency-based master's degree preparation program in the area of educational leadership from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: Districts may also require participation in an education leader induction administered by the local education agency.
28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 705
Maine To qualify for a Certificate 040: Building Administrator, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Hold a master's degree, in any field, from an accredited college or university
  • Meet the ISLLC standards, as defined, through completion of a Maine-approved program for principals, through coursework/equivalent training or by receiving a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment
  • Complete coursework in 1) teaching exceptional students in the regular classroom, 2) federal and Maine civil rights law and education laws and 3) special education law
  • Complete an approved internship or practicum aligned with adopted ISLLC standards
  • Have at least three years of satisfactory public/private school teaching experience or three years of equivalent teaching experience in an instructional setting (e.g., military, business, post-secondary institution, industry or schools).

Note: The internship requirement can be achieved through completion of 1) a graduate-level state-approved administrator internship or practicum for a minimum of 15 weeks, 2) a minimum one full year of employment as an assistant principal or principal out-of-state or 3) a mentorship plan approved by the commissioner for one academic year.
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 115, Pt. II, § 4
Maryland To qualify for a Administrator II Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Complete all the requirements for the Administrator I Certificate
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: In order to qualify for an Administrator I Certificate (required for positions as a supervisor of instruction or an assistant principal), a candidate must: 1) hold a master's degree from an institution of higher education, 2) have 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance, satisfactory performance on a professional certificate or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist and 3) complete one of three specified preparation pathways.
Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.04.04
Massachusetts To qualify for an Initial License as School Principal, a candidate must:
  • Demonstrate the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership through either 1) completion of an approved master's program that includes a supervised 500 hour practicum or equivalent, 2) completion of a 500 hour administrative apprenticeship/internship with a trained mentor or 3) receiving approval through a panel review
  • Have at least three full years of employment in an executive management or leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching or administrative role in a public school, private school, institution of higher education or another accepted educational setting
  • Hold an Sheltered English Immersion Administrator or Teacher Endorsement
  • Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test
  • Recieve a passing score on the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (MA-PAL).

Note: The commissioner may waive the requirements, with the exception of a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test, for candidates with significant leadership or managerial experience who meet standards through both experience and formal education.
603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.09

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Michigan To qualify for a School Administrator Certificate with a P-12 Building Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete a Michigan-approved school administrator preparation program at the master's degree level or higher, including at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit in P-12 school administration, and receive institutional recommendation
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Mich. Admin. Code R 380.104
Minnesota To qualify for an Initial Educational Administrative License, a candidate must:
  • Complete an approved specialist or doctoral program, or a program consisting of 60 semester credits beyond a bachelor's degree that includes a terminating graduate degree, that includes topics preparatory for educational administration and Minnesota competencies and is offered at a regionally-accredited Minnesota graduate school
  • Complete a field experience of at least 320 hours completed within 12 continuous months in elementary, middle or junior high and high schools as an administrative aide to a licensed and practicing school principal
  • Have three years of successful classroom teaching experience while holding a valid classroom teaching license.

Note: Candidates lacking three years teaching experience may be eligible for certification if they meet specified requirements.
Minn. R. 3512.0200

Minn. R. 3512.0700
Mississippi To qualify for an Entry Level Administrator License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a five-year educator license
  • Complete an approved master’s, specialist or doctoral degree in educational administration/leadership from a state-approved or regionally/nationally-accredited institution of higher education and receive institutional recommendation
  • Have three years of experience
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment
  • Obtain employment as an administrator.
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Missouri To qualify for an Initial Administrator Certificate (elementary or secondary), a candidate must:
  • Hold a permanent, professional or career education Missouri certificate of license to teach
  • Hold a master's degree in educational leadership from a college or university or department-approved equivalent program
  • Complete a course in psychology/education of the exceptional child
  • Complete an approved educational leadership preparation program, which includes at least 24 semester hours of approved graduate credit in education courses focused on administration and supervision, and receive institutional recommendation
  • For elementary and secondary certification, candidates must complete an early field experience and a culminating clinical experience of at least three semester hours with a minimum of 300 hours
  • Have at least two years of department-approved successful teaching experience
  • Receive a passing score on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment: Building Level-Administrator.

Note: Slightly different requirements exist for candidates to receive a middle school certification. In addition, candidates are also required to complete specific coursework requirements, depending on the level of licensure (elementary, middle or secondary).
Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-400.610
Montana To qualify for a Class 3 Administrative License with a K-12 Principal Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree in educational leadership from an accredited professional educator preparation program or a master's degree related to education from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete an accredited educator preparation program for K-12 principals and receive institutional recommendation
  • Complete three semester credits of college courses in Montana school law, including special education law
  • Complete the online course "an introduction to Indian education for all in Montana"
  • Have at least three years of teaching experience with a standard, unrestricted license.

Note: Slightly different requirements exist for candidates seeking an Elementary or Secondary Principal Endorsement (see Mont. Admin. R. 10.57.415 & Mont. Admin. R. 10.57.416).
Mont. Admin. R. 10.57.417

Mont. Admin. R. 10.57.413
Nebraska To qualify for a Standard Administrative Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • Complete a teacher education program at a state-approved college or university
  • Hold a master's degree in educational administration or educational leadership, or have received a subject area master's degree with completion of additional coursework in an approved program in the area of endorsement sought
  • Complete the human relations training requirement
  • Complete the special education training requirement
  • Have two years teaching experience or employment as an administrator, school counselor or school psychologist in an approved or accredited P-12 school
  • Recieve a passing score on the basic skills competency test
  • Have received six semester hours of college credits or two years out-of-state employment experience within the last five years (some exceptions apply).

Additional qualifications required to receive a Principal Endorsement:
  • Complete 36 or 45 graduate semester hours of credit in an approved program in educational administration (hour requirements depend on the candidates previous level of endorsement)
  • Complete 250 clock hours of internship/field-based experience in approved or accredited elementary, middle and/or secondary schools
  • Have two years of teaching experience in an approved or accredited elementary, middle and/or secondary schools
  • Receive a passing score on Praxis: Educational Leadership assessment.
92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 21, 004

92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 005
Nevada To qualify for an Administrator of a School Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid, renewable license to teach in elementary, middle, junior high, secondary or special schools
  • Hold a master's degree or higher in educational administration from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete at least 24 semester hours of graduate courses in the administration of a school, including 1) administration and organization of a school, 2) supervision and evaluation of instruction, 3) development of personnel, 4) finances of a school, 5) the laws that apply to schools, 6) curriculum, 7) research, 8) internship or field experience and 9) other courses considered to be part of an administrative program for educators
  • Have three years of state-approved K-12 teaching experience.

Note: If a candidate holds a master's degree in a subject other than educational administration, he/she must complete an additional 12 semester hours of graduate courses.
Nev. Admin. Code 391.170
New Hampshire To qualify for a certification as Principal Instructional Leader, a candidate must:
  • Complete a board-approved master's program in educational leadership and receive institutional recommendation, complete a master's program in education and demonstrate leadership competencies or complete a master's program and demonstrate experience in comparable education leadership positions in education or other professions, as defined
  • Have at least five years of experience as an educator.
NH ADC ED 506.04
New Jersey To qualify for a Principal Certificate of Eligibility, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction or another recognized fields of leadership or management from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, either within the master's program or in addition to it, aligned with the Professional Standards for School Leaders
  • Complete a 300 hour internship in educational leadership aligned with the Professional Standards for School Leaders and in accordance with the roles and responsibilities as a principal
  • Have five years of successful educational experience under a valid New Jersey provisional or standard certificate or equivalent out-of-state certificate
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: If a candidate holds a master's degree in a different subject area, he/she may satisfy education requirements by 1) holding a master's degree and completing a post-master's program resulting in a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in educational administration and supervision, 2) holding a master's degree and completing a post-master's program of 30 semester hour credits or 3) holding a master's degree from an appropriate nationally-accredited program in educational leadership from an out-of-state college or university.
N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9B-12.5
New Mexico To qualify for a Standard License in Educational Administration, a candidate must:
  • Hold a level 2 Teaching License and have met all of the requirements for a level 3-A Teaching License or hold a level 2 Teaching License and have held a level 3 School Counselor License while working as a teacher or school counselor for at least four years
  • Hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university or hold current certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate credit in a department-approved educational administration program which addresses the department's approved functional areas and related competencies in educational administration
  • Complete a department-approved administration apprenticeship program at a college or university through an educational administration program consisting of a minimum of 180 hours for one calendar year or complete an apprenticeship program under the supervision of a local school superintendent, private school official, charter school licensed administrator or state agency educational administrator consisting of a minimum of 180 hours for one calendar year
  • Receive a passing score on the New Mexico Educational Administrator assessment.
N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
New York To qualify for an Initial Certificate as a School Building Leader, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited higher education institution or an equivalently approved higher education institution
  • Complete a program leading to the initial certificate as a school building leader in the educational leadership service, or its equivalent, or an educational leadership program leading to an equivalent regular certificate accredited by a recognized accrediting body at a regionally-accredited out-of-state institution
  • Have three years of classroom teaching service and/or pupil personnel service experience in a public/non-public school
  • Receive a passing score on the New York state assessment for school building leadership and on the Educating All Students assessment.
N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-3.10
North Carolina To qualify for a certification as a School Administrator, a candidate must:
  • Hold a Professional Educator's Continuing License, which requires at least three years of teaching experience
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Hold either 1) a master's degree from a public school administration program that meets established program approval standards, 2) a master's degree from an accredited college or university and complete a public school administration program that meets established program approval standards or 3) equivalent education and training determined by the state board
  • Pass the exam adopted by the state board.
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-284

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North Dakota To qualify for an Elementary or Secondary Principal's Credential, Level I, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid North Dakota Teaching License allowing the candidate to teach at the elementary/secondary level
  • Hold a master's degree in educational administration from a state-approved program or hold a master's degree with an approved major other than educational administration, which must include coursework in 1) leadership, planning and organizational behavior in education, educational law and organizational structure of education, 3) personnel, supervision and staff development, 4) curriculum, instruction and learning theory, 5) policy and educational finance, 6) administration of the elementary/secondary school and 7) elementary/secondary school curriculum
  • Have at least three years of teaching experience, administrative experience or a combination in elementary/secondary schools.
N.D. Admin. Code 67-11-02-05

N.D. Admin. Code 67-11-06-05
Ohio To qualify for a Professional Principal License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Complete an approved program of preparation and receive institutional recommendation
  • Have two years of successful teaching under a Standard Teaching License at the applicable age/grade level for the endorsement sought or two years successful work experience in a school with a Pupil Services License
  • Receive a passing score on the Ohio Assessments for Educators: Educational Leadership.
Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-05
Oklahoma To qualify for a certification as School Principal, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Complete a commission-approved program in education administration with an emphasis on curriculum, instruction and building-level leadership skills
  • Have at least two years of successful teaching experience in public/private schools accredited by the state board of education or by the proper accrediting authority in another state
  • Receive a passing score on the Oklahoma Principal Comprehensive Assessment
  • Meet any other requirements or professional education set by the state board of education.
Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-189
Oregon To qualify for a Preliminary Administrator License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's and master's degree or higher in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Complete, as part of the master's degree or separately, an initial graduate program in school administration at an approved institution
  • Complete a course on Oregon School Law and Finance or demonstrate equivalent competency
  • Have three years of experience as a full-time licensed educator on any license
  • Receive a passing score on the Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment exam.
Or. Admin. R. 584-080-0012

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Pennsylvania To qualify for an Administrative Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally-accredited college or university
  • Complete a state-approved graduate-level principal certification program that includes an internship/practicum and receive institutional recommendation or complete an equivalent out-of-state program with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have at least three years of satisfactory professional school experience
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
22 Pa. Code § 49.121

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Rhode Island To qualify a Building Level Administrator P-12 Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Complete an approved certification program
  • Complete an internship consisting of a minimum of a 300 hours.
  • Have three years of P-12 professional education experience
  • Demonstrate the professional competencies of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leadership with an emphasis on the content required of a building level administrator and competencies prescribed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:10
South Carolina To qualify for an Elementary or Secondary School Principal and Supervisor (Tier 1) Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid South Carolina Educator's Professional Certificate at the elementary/secondary level
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Complete an advanced board-approved preparation program for elementary/secondary principals and supervisors
  • Have at least three years of teaching experience, including at least one year of teaching in grades P-8/7- 12
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Education Leadership assessment.
S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-64
South Dakota To qualify for a Principal Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree in education
  • Demonstrate competence related to the age/grade span for which authorization is sought
  • Participate in an internship to include all job responsibilities of the principalship at the age/grade span for which authorization is sought
  • Have three years of verified experience on a valid certificate in an accredited K-12 school, one year of which includes classroom teaching experience or direct services to students.

Note: The three years of verified experience may be waived if the candidate receives a passing score on the Praxis II: Educational Leadership assessment.
S.D. Admin. R. 24:53:08:01
Tennessee To qualify for an Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (ILL-B), a candidate must:
  • Complete a state-approved instructional leader preparation program and receive institutional recommendation
  • Have at least three years of acceptable experience as an educator
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
State Board Policy 5.502
Texas To qualify for a Standard Principal Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program
  • Have two creditable years of teaching experience
  • Recieve a passing score on the Texas Examination of Educator Standards: Principal assessment.
19 Tex. Admin. Code § 241.20
Utah To qualify for an Education Leadership License, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher
  • Complete a board-approved education leadership licensure program or hold a valid education leadership license issued by a NASDTEC member state
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Education Leadership or the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: In order to admitted into a Utah education leadership preparation program, candidates must hold a Level 2 or 3 Utah educator license. Level 2 licensure requires at least three years of successful education experience in a Utah public/private school or one year of successful education experience in a Utah public school and three years of successful education experience in a public/private school in another state.
Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Vermont To qualify for an Administrative Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree
  • Demonstrate competence in the Vermont Core Leadership Standards
  • Complete an administrative internship consisting of a minimum of 300 hours of supervised, substantive field experience in two or more types of school settings.

Additional qualifications required for a Principal Endorsement:
  • Have at least three years of P-12 teaching experience
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and application of school law, state regulations and school board process to develop policies
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13
Virginia To qualify for a Level I Administration and Supervision P-12 Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved program in administration and supervision from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete a minimum of 320 hours of a deliberately structured and supervised internship that provides exposure to multiple sites with diverse student populations
  • Have three years of successful, full-time experience in a public school/non-public school in an instructional personnel position that requires licensure in Virginia
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-590
Washington To qualify for a Principal Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Hold or have held a full, valid teacher's certificate or a full, valid education staff associate certificate and may not have had the certificate revoked, suspended or surrendered
  • Hold an approved master's degree
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program
  • Have three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students.
Wash. Admin. Code 181-79A-211
West Virginia To qualify for an Initial Administrative Certificate endorsed as principal, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Complete state-approved educational leadership program and receive institutional recommendation
  • Have three years of management level or teaching experience
  • Complete the Evaluation Leadership Institute in evaluation skills or approved equivalent training
  • Receive a passing score on the Praxis II: Education Leadership assessment.
W. Va. Code R. 126-136-10
Wisconsin To qualify for a Principal License, a candidate must:
  • Complete an approved master's degree program or the equivalent leading to certification as principal
  • Have three years of successful full-time classroom teaching at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence level or three years of successful experience as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, which includes evidence of at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience.
Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.32
Wyoming To qualify for an Initial Administrator Endorsement, a candidate must:
  • Hold a Wyoming license in a teaching field
  • Complete an educational leadership program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college/university and receive institutional recommendation.
Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 3 § 2

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