Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs?

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental 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
 

Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? Citation/Source
Alabama Yes. Institutions may seek program approval to offer innovative programs at the class A level. State policy provides additional requirements. Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.55
Alaska No state policy found.
Arizona No state policy found.
Arkansas No state policy found.
California No state policy found.
Colorado No state policy found.
Connecticut No state policy found.
Delaware Yes. The state department of education may approve innovative or experimental programs that do not meet CAEP standards. 14 Del. Admin. Code 290
District of Columbia No state policy found.
Florida No state policy found. However, postsecondary institutional programs may include a modified version of its approved program to candidates who hold a master's degree or higher. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-5.081
Georgia Yes. Approved educator preparation program providers may seek approval to offer innovative and/or experimental programs. State policy provides additional requirements. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.08
Hawaii No state policy found.
Idaho No state policy found.
Illinois No state policy found.
Indiana No state policy found.
Iowa No state policy found.
Kansas Yes. State-accredited educator preparation program providers may seek approval for an innovative or experimental program to prepare personnel for positions for which no program currently exists or to utilize a new approach or method for the preparation of education personnel in an existing program. State policy provides additional requirements. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-234
Kentucky Yes. The education professional standards board may waive administrative regulations in order to implement an innovative, nontraditional or alternative administrator preparation program. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 161.028 (West)
Louisiana Yes. Approved educational leadership preparation program providers may seek approval to pilot innovative approaches to training educational leader candidates. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 303
Maine No state policy found. However, state policy notes that the state board of education is committed to promoting the development of innovative and collaborative practices in programs for the preparation of education personnel. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 1
Maryland No state policy found.
Massachusetts No state policy found.
Michigan Yes. The superintendent of public instruction, at the request of an approved school administrator preparation program provider, may waive requirements for an experimental school administrator preparation program. Mich. Admin. Code R 380.112
Minnesota No state policy found.
Mississippi No state policy found.
Missouri Yes. An institution of higher education that offers a state-approved traditional professional education program that prepares candidates for a Missouri certificate of license to teach may also offer innovative or alternative programs. State policy provides additional requirements. Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-400.320
Montana Yes. An educator preparation program provider may seek approval to offer a new curricular program, included in innovative and experimental programs. State policy provides additional requirements. Mont. Admin. R. 10.58.802
Nebraska No state policy found.
Nevada No state policy found.
New Hampshire No state policy found.
New Jersey No state policy found.
New Mexico No state policy found.
New York No state policy found.
North Carolina Yes. A North Carolina school system or educator preparation program may seek approval to offer an innovative/experimental school administrator program. However, no new programs are allowed to be approved under this policy after July 1, 2017.

In addition, in 2015 the state legislature enacted a competitive grant program with the purpose of elevating principal preparation programs.
North Carolina State Board Policy TCED-006

N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 116-74.21
North Dakota No state policy found.
Ohio No state policy found.
Oklahoma No state policy found.
Oregon Yes. The commission may approve an experimental licensure, endorsement or specialization program for a maximum of two years. State policy provides additional requirements. Or. Admin. R. 584-010-0125
Pennsylvania Yes. The state department of education may enter into a written agreement with a preparing institution wishing to conduct an experimental program. 22 Pa. Code § 49.15
Rhode Island No state policy found.
South Carolina Yes. Educator and school personnel preparation programs may seek approval to offer experimental or innovative certification programs. Source
South Dakota Yes. An institution may seek approval to offer an innovative or experimental program. State policy provides additional requirements. S.D. Admin. R. 24:53:02:02
Tennessee No state policy found.
Texas No state policy found. However, educator preparation programs may develop and implement specific criteria and procedures that allow a candidate to substitute related experience and/or professional training directly related to the adopted standards. 19 Tex. Admin. Code § 241.10
Utah Yes. The state superintendent of public instruction may approve a culminating experience proposal that does not meet requirements to pilot innovative or alternative practice if a board-approved education leadership licensure program and a partner school submit a joint proposal and the proposal is for a maximum of two years. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-505
Vermont No state policy found.
Virginia No state policy found.
Washington No state policy found. However, a program provider may waive required coursework and/or waive or reduce in length of the internship for any candidate, based on a review if previous coursework, work experiences or alternative learning experiences are determined to be sufficient. Wash. Admin. Code 181-78A-307
West Virginia Yes. An approved educator preparation program may seek approval for a pilot preparation program in an administrative area where there is no approved specialization leading to certification. W. Va. Code R. 126-114-18
Wisconsin Yes. An institution may seek approval to offer an experimental or innovative program that is not in full compliance with requirements. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.08
Wyoming Yes. Institutions of higher learning that offer programs for the preparation of educators may seek approval to offer innovative and experimental programs. Wyo. Admin. Code ch. 4 § 9

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