Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs?

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs?

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

Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Citation/Source
Alabama Alabama State Board of Education Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.56
Alaska Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.308
Arizona Arizona State Board of Education Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604.01
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Education Source
California California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Cal. Educ. Code § 44270.1
Colorado Colorado State Board of Education Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-2-109

Connecticut Connecticut State Board of Education Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-145d-9
Delaware Delaware Department of Education 14 Del. Admin. Code 290
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 5-A, § 1603
Florida Florida Department of Education Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.003
Georgia The Georgia Professional Standards Commission Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.01
Hawaii Hawaii State Board of Education Haw. Code R. 8-54-19
Idaho Idaho State Board of Education Idaho Code Ann. § 33-114
Illinois Illinois State Board of Education 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-60
Indiana Indiana State Board of Education 511 Ind. Admin. Code 13-1-1
Iowa Iowa State Board of Education IAC 281—79.5(256)
Kansas Kansas State Board of Education Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-231
Kentucky Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.028
Louisiana Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 240
Maine Maine State Board of Education Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 3
Maryland Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Md. Code Regs. 13A.07.06.01
Massachusetts Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.03
Michigan Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mich. Admin. Code R. 380.111
Minnesota Minnesota Board of School Administrators Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.14
Mississippi Mississippi State Board of Education Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-3-2
Missouri Missouri State Board of Education Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-400.440
Montana Montana State Board of Public Education Mont. Admin. R. 10.58.102

Nebraska Nebraska State Board of Education 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 20, 003
Nevada Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 391.019
New Hampshire New Hampshire State Board of Education NH ADC ED 602.15
New Jersey Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9A-3.2
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
New York New York Board of Regents N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 52.21
North Carolina North Carolina State Board of Education North Carolina State Board Policy TCED-004
North Dakota North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board N.D. Admin. Code 67-11-02-04
Ohio Ohio Department of Higher Education Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-03
Oklahoma Oklahoma Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-184
Oregon Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Or. Admin. R. 584-010-0010
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education 22 Pa. Code § 354.12
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Education Source
South Carolina South Carolina State Board of Education S.C. Code Ann. Regs. 43-64
South Dakota South Dakota Board of Education S.D. Admin. R. 24:53:02:01
Tennessee Tennessee State Board of Education Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-02-04-.01
Texas Texas State Board for Educator Certification 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 228.20
Utah Utah State Board of Education Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Vermont Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13
Virginia Virginia Board of Education 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-542-30
Washington Washington Professional Educator Standards Board Wash. Admin. Code 181-78A
West Virginia West Virginia Board of Education W. Va. Code R. 126-114-1
Wisconsin Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.06
Wyoming Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 2

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