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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)

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

  • Educational Leadership and Critical Issues (4 cr)
  • Exploring Assessment and Accountability (4 cr)
  • Culminating Leadership Plan (4 cr)
  • Applied Educational Research (4 cr)
  • Data-Driven Leadership and Action Capstone (4 cr)
  • Leadership Portfolio I (1 cr) (this must be taken even if all four portfolio courses were completed through NEC for the Masters)
  • Leadership Portfolio II (1 cr) (this must be taken even if all four portfolio courses were completed through NEC for the Masters)
  • School Finance and Policy (3 cr)
  • Evaluating Effective Teaching and Curriculum (3 cr)
  • School Law (3 cr)
  • Education Technology Leadership (3 cr)
  • Supervision of Personnel (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • Special Education Law (required for those seeking certification in Maine) (3 cr)
  • 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 *.

  • Leadership Portfolio I (1 cr)
  • Leadership Portfolio II (1 cr)
  • School Finance and Policy (3 cr)
  • School Law (3 cr)
  • Facilities Planning and Management and Data-based Decision-Making (3 cr)
  • Evaluating Effective Teaching and Curriculum (3 cr)
  • Labor Relations (3 cr)
  • Internships: Principal I, II, III (3 cr)
  • Seminar in Educational Research I (4 cr)*
  • Seminar in Critical Issues in the Future of Education (4 cr)*
  • Seminar in Educational Research II (4cr)*
  • Creating and Implementing Best Educational Practices (4 cr)*
  • Literature Review Seminar (2 cr)*
  • Dissertation Seminar I (2 cr)*
  • Seminar in Reforming Educational Practices (4 cr)*
  • Seminar in Visionary Educational Leadership (4 cr)*
  • Seminar in Curriculum and Development for the Information Age (4 cr)*
  • Methods and Analysis Seminar (2 cr)*
  • 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.