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School Principal

New England College’s School Principal Certification Program prepares educators to become certified as a school principal in New Hampshire with a Master of Education or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.  Career professionals who choose to pursue their New Hampshire Principal Certification should enroll in NEC’s Principal M.Ed. program if they do not already have a master’s degree in education or in the Principal CAGS program if they already hold a Master’s degree in Education or School Leadership.

Models

Model I: Online – 2 years, six 7-week terms per year. New cohorts starting Summer I, Summer II, Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II

Model I: 2 Years, Online, six 7-week terms

Model II: Hybrid (blend of on-campus and on-line courses) meet program requirements over a 2-3 year period with courses offered in six 7-week terms

Model I: 2 Years, Online, six 7-week terms

Model III: on-site hybrid (blend of face-to-face/on-line) cohorts can be designed for districts with enrollment of 10 or more students. For more information on starting a graduate cohort in your district, email necGradEd@nec.edu.

Model III: New England College and Principal Residency Network (PRN) Partnership-

1 Year Program with a yearlong Internship & Summer Residency

The low-residency model consists of 42 credits for an MED or 44 credits for a CAGS taken over one year (see course requirements below). There are five terms of online coursework in which students participate throughout the year and a Summer Residency during July/August. The program is designed for students to spend 1 year interning under the mentorship of a certified school principal.

Program Requirements

Courses for the Master of Education: School Principal
(42 credits or 45 credits Maine)

  • The Psychology of Learning Communities (4cr)
  • Research Practicum I (2cr)
  • Research Practicum II (2cr)
  • Dynamics of Educational Reform (4 cr)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry:  Action Research I (2cr)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry:  Action Research II (2cr)
  • Portfolios I-IV (1cr each)
  • School Leadership (3cr)
  • School Finance and Policy (3cr)
  • Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3cr)
  • Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (3cr)
  •  School Law (3cr)
  • Education Technology Leadership (2cr)
  • Supervision of Personnel (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3cr)
  • Principal Internship (3cr)

Requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study
(44 credits or 47 credits Maine)

Note: Those who already have a Masters in Education or Educational Leadership may be able to transfer in courses to fulfill some of these requirements.

  • The Psychology of Learning Communities (4cr)
  • Research Practicum I (2cr) (must repeat if already has a Masters and do a leadership project)
  • Research Practicum II (2cr) (must repeat if already has a Masters and do a leadership project)
  • Research Design (2 cr)
  • Dynamics of Educational Reform (4 cr)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry:  Action Research I (2cr) (must repeat if already has a Masters and do a leadership project)
  • Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry:  Action Research II (2cr) (must repeat if already has a Masters and do a leadership project)
  • Portfolios I-IV (1cr each)(must complete Portfolio III and IV if already done in Masters so as to create Principal Certification portfolio)
  • School Leadership (3cr)
  • School Finance and Policy (3cr)
  • Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction (3cr)
  • Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (3cr)
  • School Law (3cr)
  • Education Technology Leadership (2cr)
  • Supervision of Personnel (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3cr)
  • Principal Internship (3cr)

The School Leadership candidates in principal certification must meet the ISLLC standards for principals.

Those seeking certification as a principal must (1) have completed at least 5 years’ experience as an educator; (2)  have one of the following: a. Completed a master’s program in educational leadership or a related area approved by the state board of education and been recommended for this certification by the designated official of the preparing collegiate department of education; or b.  completed a master’s program in education, and demonstrated: 1.  The competencies, skills, and knowledge itemized in 506.04 (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/ed500.html) through course work; or 2.  Experience in comparable educational leadership positions in education or other professions as specified in Ed 505.03; and (3) complete 460 hours of an internship under the guidance and supervision of a principal with current, valid licensure.