State Certification & Licensure Requirements

View Certification and Licensure Requirements by State

Principals trained by New Leaders lead in schools and districts across the country. Each state has its own principal licensure and certification requirements. We recommend familiarizing yourself with your state’s process and requirements before committing to the Fellowship.
*Administrator licensing/certification requirements are at all times subject to the applicable requirements of the credentialing state. All licensing/certification determinations are made by the credentialing state; accordingly, New Leaders, Clark Atlanta University, or Morehouse College cannot guarantee any individual an administrator credential at any time.

Alabama

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship does not currently provide a pathway to the principalship in Alabama. We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when the Fellowship is available in Alabama.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Alaska

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Alaska educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Administrative (Type B) License.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Alaska visit https://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification and/or contact tcwebmail@alaska.gov or (907) 465-2831.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

Arizona

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Arizona educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Masters + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship master’s + certification track (a state-approved principal preparation program)at a regionally accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Standard Professional Principal Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Arizona contact certification@azed.gov or (602) 542-4367.

Last Reviewed 6/2022.

Arkansas

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Arkansas educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Arkansas Building Level Administrator license.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Arkansas. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Arkansas License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Arkansas by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Arkansas, email ade.educatorlicensure@ade.arkansas.gov or call (501) 682-4342.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

California

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California educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or Masters + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in California, visit www.ctc.ca.gov, email credentials@ctc.ca.gov, or call (916) 319-0800.

Last Reviewed 9/2022.

Colorado

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Colorado educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Principal Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing and/or contact licensinghelp@doe.in.gov or (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for a Colorado License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator License, they will need to apply for licensure in Colorado by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator’s License and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Colorado visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/contactus and/or contact CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us or (303) 866-6628.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

Connecticut

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Connecticut and is not accepting applications from candidates in Connecticut at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for Connecticut.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Delaware

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Delaware educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Continuing License as a School Principal.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Delaware, visit www.doe.k12.de.us or call (302) 857-3388. 

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

District of Columbia

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District of Columbia educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Administrative Services Credential.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in the District of Columbia, visit osse.dc.gov/ed-credentials, email OSSE.Asklicensure@dc.gov, or call (202) 727-6436.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Florida

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Florida educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Professional Certificate - School Principal.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Florida. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Florida License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Florida by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Florida, submit a contact form or call (800) 445-6739.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Georgia

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Georgia educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (Ga-PSC) as a program leading to a Standard Professional Educational Leadership - Tier I credential. 

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Georgia, visit www.gapsc.com/Certification or call (404) 656-2800.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Hawaii

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship does not currently provide a pathway to the principalship in Hawaii. We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when the Fellowship is available in Hawaii.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Idaho

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Idaho educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Standard Administrator Certificate - School Principal (Pre-K-12).

From Fellowship to Principalship

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing and/or contact licensinghelp@doe.in.gov or (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for an Idaho License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator License, they will need to apply for licensure in Idaho by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator’s License and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Idaho visit https://www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/ and/or contact certification@sde.idaho.gov or (208) 332-6882.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

Illinois

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Illinois educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) Administrator Endorsement - Principal (PK-Age 22).

From Fellowship to Principalship

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing and/or contact licensinghelp@doe.in.gov or (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for an Illinois License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator License, they will need to apply for licensure in Illinois by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator’s License and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Illinois visit www.isbe.net/Pages/Educator-Licensure.aspx and/or contact a licensure/certification official via this Contact Form or (217) 782-4321.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

Indiana

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Indiana educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track

The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship is approved by the Indiana State Board of Education as a program leading to a Building Level Administrator license.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visitwww.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, emaillicensinghelp@doe.in.gov,or call (317) 232-9010.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Iowa

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Iowa educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Administrator - PK-12 Principal / PK-12 Special Education Supervisor.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Iowa. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Iowa License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Iowa by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Iowa, call (515)281- 3587.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Kansas

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Kansas educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial School Leadership License - Building Level (Principal).

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Kansas.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Kansas License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Kansas by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Kansas, email TLALicense@ksde.org, or call (785) 296-2288.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Kentucky

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Kentucky educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Professional Certificate - Principal (Primary through Grade 12).

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Kentucky.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Kentucky License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Kentucky by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Kentucky, email KDELIcensure@education.ky.gov or call (502) 564-5846.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Louisiana

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Louisiana educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree in Educational Administration at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Educational Leader Level 1 (EDL 1) certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Louisiana, visit www.louisianabelieves.com/teaching/Career-Advancement-Opportunities, email Certification@la.gov, or call (225) 342-4253.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Maine

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Maine educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements may be eligible for a Professional Certificate - Building Administrator.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Maine, visit www.maine.gov/doe/cert, email cert.doe@maine.gov, or call (207) 624-6603.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Maryland

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All Maryland educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track

Maryland educators in Baltimore City Public Schools are also eligible to enroll in the Fellowship in Partnership with Morehouse College for the Principal Certification Track.

Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University

Participants who complete the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for the Administrator I or Administrator II certificates.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University (a state-approved program), candidates should be eligible for the Administrator I (Asst. Principal) after they have completed additional requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

Candidates who wish to seek the Administrator II (Principal) credential will need to meet additional requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Possessing the Administrator I credential
  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Maryland, visit marylandpublicschools.org or call (410) 767-0385.

Fellowship in Partnership with Morehouse College

The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for participants employed by Baltimore City Public Schools as a program leading to the Administrator I certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Candidates will be eligible for the Administrator I (Asst. Principal) credential once they complete the Fellowship and meet additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

Candidates who wish to seek the Administrator II (Principal) credential will need to meet additional requirements. Those requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Possessing the Administrator I credential
  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Maryland, visit marylandpublicschools.org or call (410) 767-0385.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Principal/Assistant Principal License.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Massachusetts, visit www.doe.mass.edu/licensure or call (781) 338-6600.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Michigan

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Michigan educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Standard Professional Principal Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Michigan. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Michigan License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Michigan by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Michigan, call (833) 633-5788.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Minnesota

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship does not currently provide a pathway to the principalship in Minnesota. We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when the Fellowship is available in Minnesota.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Mississippi

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Mississippi educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Five-Year Entry Level Administrator License.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that participants will need to take to obtain a license in Mississippi.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Mississippi License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Mississippi by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Mississippi, email teachersupport@mdek12.org or call (601) 359-3483.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Missouri

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Missouri educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Administrator Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that participants will need to take to obtain a license in Missouri.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Missouri License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Missouri by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Missouri, email certification@dese.mo.gov or call (573) 751-0051.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Montana

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Montana educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Class 3 Administrative Principal License.

From Fellowship to Principalship 

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Montana, visit opi.mt.gov/Educators/Licensure/Educator-Licensure, email contactcert@mt.gov, or call (406) 444-3150.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Nebraska

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Nebraska educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Standard Administrative Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that participants will need to take to obtain a license in Nebraska.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Nebraska License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Nebraska by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Nebraska, email nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov or call (402) 471-0739.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Nevada

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship does not currently provide a pathway to the principalship in Nevada. We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when the Fellowship is available in Nevada.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

New Hampshire

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in New Hampshire and is not accepting applications from candidates in New Hampshire at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for New Hampshire.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

New Jersey

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New Jersey educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE)/Provisional Principal Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in New Jersey. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for New Jersey License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in New Jersey by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in New Jersey, email Licensing.Requests@doe.nj.gov or call (609) 292-2070.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

New Mexico

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New Mexico educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Educational Administration (Pre K-12) license.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in New Mexico. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for New Mexico License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in New Mexico by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in New Mexico, email LicensureUnit@state.nm.us or call (505) 827-5800.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

New York

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in New York and is not accepting applications from candidates in New York at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for New York.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

North Carolina

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North Carolina educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Professional Educator License as a School Administrator - Principal credential.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in North Carolina, visit www.dpi.nc.gov/educators/educators-licensure or call (919) 716-1800.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

North Dakota

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North Dakota educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Out of State Educator License (OSEL) with an Elementary or Secondary Principal Credential.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in North Dakota. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for North Dakota License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in North Dakota by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in North Dakota, email espbinfo@nd.gov or call (701) 328-9641.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Ohio

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Ohio educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Professional Principal License.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing and/or contact licensinghelp@doe.in.gov or (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for an Ohio License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator License, they will need to apply for licensure in Ohio by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator’s License and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Ohio visit education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure and/or contact contact.center@education.ohio.gov or (877) 644-6338.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

Oklahoma

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Oklahoma educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Principal Certificate (Traditional Route).

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Oklahoma.

 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Oklahoma License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Oklahoma by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Oklahoma, call (405) 521-3337 or (405) 521-3301.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Oregon

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Oregon and is not accepting applications from candidates in Oregon at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for Oregon.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program) and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Principal PK-12 Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Pennsylvania, visit www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification or call (717) 783-6788.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program) and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Building Level Administrator (12001) Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Rhode Island, visit www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification, email EQAC@ride.ri.gov, or call (401) 222-4600. 

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

South Carolina

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South Carolina educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or Masters + Certification Track.

South Carolina educators must first seek pre-approval of the program (via the Request for Change/Action Form) from the South Carolina Department of Educator (SCDE) before enrolling in the Fellowship (any out-of-state educator preparation program). The SCDE will send each candidate a letter confirming whether the program is approved.

With program approval from the SCDE, participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Elementary or Secondary Principal (Tier I).

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a Master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing Background Check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score of the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing Additional Training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in South Carolina visit https://ed.sc.gov/educators/certification/ and/or contact info@ed.sc.gov or (803) 734-8500.

Last Reviewed 7/2022.

South Dakota

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in South Dakota and is not accepting applications from candidates in South Dakota at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for South Dakota.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Tennessee

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Tennessee educators are eligible to enroll in the:

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Instructional Leader license.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Tennessee, visit www.tn.gov/education/licensing, email Educator.Licensure@tn.gov, or call (615) 741-5158.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Texas

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Texas educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Standard Principal Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Texas. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Texas License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Texas by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Texas, call (512) 463-9734 or (512) 936-8400. 

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Utah

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship has not yet determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Utah and is not accepting applications from candidates in Utah at this time. 

We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when a determination has been made for Utah.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Vermont

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Vermont educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Principal Endorsement (code 91).

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in Vermont.

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for Vermont License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in Vermont by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Vermont, email aoe.licensinginfo@vermont.gov or call (802) 828-3440.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Virginia

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Virginia educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Principal Certification Track or the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Administration and Supervision Endorsement.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Virginia, visit www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure, email contactlicensure@doe.virginia.gov, or call (800) 292-3820.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Washington

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The National Aspiring Principals Fellowship does not currently provide a pathway to the principalship in Washington. We encourage you to introduce yourself to be the first to receive news when the Fellowship is available in Washington.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

West Virginia

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West Virginia educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track.

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Initial Professional Administrative Certificate.

From Fellowship to Principalship

There are two steps that Fellowship participants will need to take to obtain a license in West Virginia. 

Step One: Secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator License

Because the Fellowship has an Indiana-based approval, participants who complete the Fellowship will first need to meet additional requirements to secure an Indiana Building Level Administrator license. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements in Indiana, visit www.in.gov/doe/educators/educator-licensing, email licensinghelp@doe.in.gov, or call (317) 232-9010.

Step Two: Use Indiana Building Level Administrator License to Apply for a West Virginia License

Once a candidate has an Indiana Building Level Administrator license, they will need to apply for licensure in West Virginia by presenting the Indiana Building Level Administrator license and potentially completing additional requirements. Additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in West Virginia, call (304) 558-7010 or (304) 558-2681.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Wisconsin

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Wisconsin educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree in Educational Administration at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for an Administrator License - Principal.

From Fellowship to Principalship

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but are not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Wisconsin, visit dpi.wi.gov/licensing/general or call (608) 266-3390.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

Wyoming

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Wyoming educators are eligible to enroll in the Fellowship at Clark Atlanta University for the Master's + Certification Track

Participants who complete the Fellowship (a state-approved principal preparation program)/obtain a master’s degree in Educational Administration at a regionally-accredited institution and meet additional requirements should be eligible for a Principal K-12 (or K-6, 6-12).

From Fellowship to Principalship 

Besides completing a state-approved program, candidates will need to meet additional requirements including, but not limited to:

  • Verifying no. of years of previous experience as an educator 
  • Verifying possession of a master’s degree (Transcript)
  • Verifying completion of a state-approved program (Institutional Recommendation)
  • Passing a background check
  • Meeting a minimum GPA
  • Achieving a passing score on the state’s licensure exam
  • Completing additional training

For more information about licensure requirements or to discuss whether participation in the Fellowship will meet requirements in Wyoming, visit wyomingptsb.com, email wyoptsb@wyo.gov, or call (307) 777-7291.

Last Reviewed 4/2022.

*Administrator licensing/certification requirements are at all times subject to the applicable requirements of the credentialing state. All licensing/certification determinations are made by the credentialing state; accordingly, New Leaders, Clark Atlanta University, or Morehouse College cannot guarantee any individual an administrator credential at any time.