Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards?

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted 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.

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
 

Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Citation/Source
Alabama Yes. The curriculum of an instructional leadership program at the class A level must align with standards developed by the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), as defined.

Note: These standards differ from the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders.
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.48
Alaska Education administration preparation programs must align with CAEP standards. No state policy was found for additional state requirements. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.308
Arizona Yes. Educator preparation programs preparing candidates for administrative certification must align with the Professional Administrative Standards and relevant national standards. Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604.01
Arkansas Yes. Programs that prepare candidates for certification as building-level administrators must align with state-approved standards for school leaders, defined as the Leaders Excellence and Development Systems (LEADS) standards and the Standards for School Administrators in Arkansas. Code Ark. R. 005.16.19-7.0

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California Yes. Administrative services credential preparation programs must align with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Standards, which include the California Professional Standards for Education Leaders. Source
Colorado Yes. Professional education programs preparing principal candidates must align with the Principal Quality Standards. 1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-17.01
Connecticut Yes. Educator preparation programs must align with Connecticut Standards, defined as CAEP standards. Programs must also ensure that candidates demonstrate current Connecticut licensure competencies and the Code of Professional Responsibility for School Administrators.
Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-145d-11
Delaware Yes. School principal certification programs must align with the Delaware Administrator Standards, the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards, the Delaware Professional Development Standards and the Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS). 14 Del. Admin. Code 1595
District of Columbia The traditional pathway to state accreditation and program approval requires programs to align with CAEP standards and receive accompanying accreditation. Source
Florida Yes. School leadership programs must align with the Florida Principal Leadership Standards. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081
Georgia Yes. Educational leadership programs at the Tier II level must align with the Georgia Educational Leadership Standards.

Note: Tier I preparation programs prepare candidates for certification to work in school-level leadership positions below principal.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.77
Hawaii The main route to certification for school leaders is through the state department of education's Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL). The two-year HICISL program includes coaching, coursework and residency components. Source
Idaho Yes. Programs preparing administrator candidates must ensure candidates meet the Idaho Standards for School Principals through courses, practicum and field experience. Idaho Education Rule 08-0202-1701
Illinois Yes. Principal preparation programs must prepare candidates to meet the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-60
Indiana Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with current educator standards for building level administrators. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 13-1-1
Iowa Yes. Educational administrator preparation programs must align with current Iowa Standards for School Leaders and embed them in coursework and clinical experiences. Iowa Admin. Code r. 281-79.17(256)
Kansas Yes. Building level leadership preparation programs must align with the Kansas Licensure Program Standards for Building Level Leadership. Source
Kentucky Yes. Principal preparation programs must align with the Kentucky Administrator Standards for Preparation and Certification, comprised of the 2008 ISLLC standards and the Technology Standards for School Administrators. 16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:050
Louisiana Yes. Educational leadership preparation programs must align with the Standards for Education Leaders in Louisiana, the ISLLC Standards for School Leaders and the ELCC Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXXXI, 703
Maine Yes. The curriculum for school building level administrator preparation programs must prepare candidates to meet the Administrative Candidate Standards and the Educational Technology Standards for Administrators. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 2
Maryland Yes. Programs that prepare professionally certified personnel must align with department-approved standards. Md. Code Regs. 13A.07.06.01
Massachusetts Yes. Educator preparation programs that prepare administrator candidates must align with the Professional Standards for Administrative Leadership at the level of an initially licensed administrator. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.03

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Michigan Yes. School administrator preparation programs must align with the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. Mich. Admin. Code R. 380.111

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Minnesota Yes. School licensure programs for principals must include a component that requires a candidate to demonstrate mastery of the program knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the core leadership competencies for administrative licenses and additional principal competencies. Minn. R. 3512.0510

Minn. R. 3512.0400
Mississippi Yes. Educational leadership preparation programs must align with the Mississippi Administrator Standards and Indicators or other approved national standards. Code Miss. R. 7-107
Missouri Yes. Professional education programs must meet general program standards in academics, design and assessment, field and clinical experiences, candidates, faculty and operations and resources. In addition, curriculum must include content on each of the Missouri Leader Standards. Source
Montana Yes. Supervisory and administrative preparation programs must align with the Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards for School Principals, Supervisors and Curriculum Directors. Mont. Admin. R. 10.58.705
Nebraska Yes. Institutions preparing principal candidates must offer courses that provide opportunities to demonstrate competencies based on the 2009 draft of the ELCC Standards. Source
Nevada Yes. Programs preparing education personnel must align with the School Administrator Instructional Leadership Standards and Indicators and relevant national standards. Source
New Hampshire Yes. School principal preparation programs must align with adopted principal skills, competencies and knowledge standards. NH ADC ED 614.04
New Jersey Yes. Educator preparation programs leading to principal certification must align with the Professional Standards for School Leaders. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9A-3.1
New Mexico Yes. Educational administration preparation programs must address the department's approved functional areas and related competencies in educational administration. N.M. Admin. Code 6.62.2
New York Yes. Programs leading to certification in educational leadership must align with adopted leadership standards. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 52.21
North Carolina Yes. School administrator preparation programs must address student learning and school improvement aligned with the North Carolina School Executive Standards. North Carolina State Board Policy TCED-015
North Dakota Yes. Educational administration preparation programs must align with general educational leadership program approval standards, as well as educational leadership building-level program approval standards. Source
Ohio Yes. Educator preparation programs preparing principal candidates must align with the Ohio Standards for Principals. Ohio Admin. Code 3333-1-05
Oklahoma Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with the adopted competencies for licensure and certification of administrative personnel. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-181 through Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-189

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Oregon Yes. Administrator licensure preparation programs must align with the Educational Leadership for Administrator Licensure Standards. Or. Admin. R. 584-018-0205
Pennsylvania Yes. Principal preparation programs must follow general program approval standards and align with the Pennsylvania Leadership Standards. 22 Pa. Code § 49.14

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Rhode Island Yes. Educator preparation programs must align with Rhode Island Standards for Educator Preparation which include the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leaders, as applicable. Source
South Carolina Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with state-adopted principal performance standards. Source
South Dakota Yes. The required courses and experiences of administrative preparation programs must align with the 2001 ELCC standards. S.D. Admin. R. 24:53:08:01
Tennessee Yes. Instructional leadership preparation programs must align with the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards, national standards and state accountability and evaluation requirements. State Board Policy 5.101
Texas Yes. Principal preparation programs must align with the principal certificate standards. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 241.10
Utah Yes. Education leadership preparation programs must prepare candidates to meet the Utah Educational Leadership Standards. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Vermont Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with the Vermont Core Leadership Standards. Vt. Admin. Code 7-1-13:5923
Virginia Yes. Administration and supervision P-12 preparation programs must align with adopted competencies for administration and supervision P-12. 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-542-530
Washington Yes. Principal preparation programs must align with adopted standards for principals and program administrators. Wash. Admin. Code 181-78A-264
West Virginia Yes. Administrator preparation programs must align with the West Virginia Standards for School Leaders and Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

Note: These standards differ from the Standards for Professional Practice for School Principals.
W. Va. Code R. 126-114-9
Wisconsin Yes. Programs preparing candidates for administrative certification must integrate the adopted performance-based administrator standards. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.15
Wyoming Yes. Principal preparation programs must align with the adopted ELCC program approval standards. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 4

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