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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.

2 Years, Online/Hybrid

Students may start at the beginning of any semester (Summer I, Summer II, Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II). Typically, students can complete the requirements including the internships within two years. However, we can tailor the length of your program to meet your needs.

For more information on starting a graduate cohort in your district, email necGradEd@nec.edu.

Program Requirements

Courses for the Master of Education: School Principal (47 credits or 53 credits Maine)

  • ED 5130 The Psychology of Learning Communities (4 cr)
  • ED 5261 Research Practicum I (2 cr)
  • ED 5262 Research Practicum II (2 cr)
  • ED 6110 Dynamics of Curriculum and Instruction (4 cr)
  • ED 6140 Dynamics of Educational Reform (4 cr)
  • ED 6180 Methods of Evaluation and Assessment: Using Data Meaningfully (4 cr)
  • ED 6511 Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry: Action Research I (2 cr)
  • ED 6512 Fundamentals of Educational Inquiry: Action Research II (2 cr)
  • ED 6951, ED 6952, ED 6961, and ED 6962 Portfolios I-IV (1 cr each)
  • ED 7001 School Finance and Policy (3 cr)
  • ED 7003 Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (4 cr)
  • ED 7004 School Law (3 cr)
  • ED 7005 Education Technology Leadership (3 cr)
  • ED 7011 Evaluating Effective Teaching and Curriculum (3 cr)
  • ED 7012 Special Education Law (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • ED 7015 Supervision of Personnel (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • ED 7201, ED 7202, and ED 7203 Principal Internships (total 3 cr)

Requirements for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (37 credits or 43 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

  • ED 6964 Leadership Portfolio I (1 cr) (this must be taken even if all four portfolio courses were completed through NEC for the Masters)
  • ED 6065 Leadership Portfolio II (1 cr) (this must be taken even if all four portfolio courses were completed through NEC for the Masters)
  • ED 7001 School Finance and Policy (3 cr)
  • ED 7003 Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (4 cr)
  • ED 7004 School Law (3 cr)
  • ED 7005 Education Technology Leadership (3 cr)
  • ED 7011 Evaluating Effective Teaching and Curriculum (3 cr)
  • ED 7020 Exploring Assessment and Accountability (4 cr)
  • ED 7030 Culminating Leadership Plan (4 cr)
  • ED 7260 Applied Educational Research (4 cr)
  • ED 7510 Data-Driven Leadership and Action Capstone (4 cr)
  • ED 7012 Special Education Law (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • ED 7015 Supervision of Personnel (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • ED 7201,ED 7202, ED 7203 Principal Internships (total 3 cr)

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

Courses for the EdD: School Principal (52 credits)

Many of the courses in our EdD program count towards Principal Certification. Below is the list of courses for students in the EdD program who want to obtain Principal Certification. EdD courses are noted with an *.

  • ED 6964 Leadership Portfolio I (1 cr)
  • ED 6965 Leadership Portfolio II (1 cr)
  • ED 7001 School Finance and Policy (3 cr)
  • ED 7004 School Law (3 cr)
  • ED 7009 Facilities Planning and Risk Management and Data-based Decision-Making (3 cr)
  • ED 7011 Evaluating Effective Teaching and Curriculum (3 cr)
  • ED 7101 Practicum in School Finance ad Policy (1 cr)
  • ED 7104 Practicum in School Law: ME, NH, and Federal (1 cr)
  • ED 7111 Practicum in Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness and Curriculum (1 cr)
  • ED 7201, ED 7202, ED 7203 Internships: Principal I, II, III (3 cr)
  • ED 8010 Seminar in Educational Research I (4 cr)*
  • ED 8020 Seminar in Critical Issues in the Future of Education (4 cr)* OR if completed the CAGS through NEC can use ED 7003 Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (4 cr)
  • ED 8040 Seminar in Educational Research II (4cr)*
  • ED 8050 Creation and Implementation of Educational Best Practices (4 cr)*
  • ED 8060 Seminar I (2 cr)* OR if completed the CAGS through NEC can use ED 7510 Data-Driven Leadership and Action Capstone (4 cr)
  • ED 8065 Literature Review Seminar (2 cr)* OR if completed the CAGS through NEC can use ED 7260 Applied Educational Research (4 cr)
  • ED 8070 Seminar in Reforming Educational Practices (4 cr)* OR if completed the CAGS through NEC can use ED 7020 Exploring Assessment and Accountability (4 cr)
  • ED 8080 Seminar in Visionary Educational Leadership (4 cr)*
  • ED 8130 Seminar in Curriculum and Development for the Information Age (4 cr)*
  • ED 8155 Methods and Analysis Seminar (2 cr)*
  • ED 8150 Comprehensive Project (2 cr)*
  • Approval of the Research Proposal and IRB* (while not a class, this is an EdD program requirement)
  • Approval of the Dissertation (while not a class, this is an EdD program requirement)

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. Completed 460 hours of an internship under the guidance and supervision of a principal with current, valid licensure.