Requirements for Principal's Certificate:
In order to be eligible for a Principals certificate in NB, you must hold at least a certificate 5 and have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience.
There are two routes in which to acquire the certificate, which is a requirement for holding an Principal or Vice Principal position in NB schools.
Route A (This route expires July 1st 2008)
Successful completion of 6 graduate university courses (18 credit hours) of which 5 must be in each of the areas of Supervision, Administration, Curriculum, and Legal Aspects. The sixth course may be in these areas or in another area approved by our office.
This route requires participants to belong to their District Leadership Development Program and to complete 6 modules as part of this program. Three of the Modules are compulsory: Legal Aspects 1, Legal Aspects 11, and School Improvement Planning /School Performance Review.
The other 3 modules may be selected from the offerings of your district.
In addition to the module, 3 Graduate level University courses must be completed, one each in:
Current Administrative Theory
Supervision of Instruction
Assessment and Evaluation in Education or (ED 6102 Programme Evaluation)
The Office of Teacher Certification must approve each course selection.
Upon completion of the training outlined above, the candidate may apply to the Office of Teacher Certification for an Interim Principal's Certificate.
Upon receiving an Interim Principal's Certificate, the candidate is eligible for the one-year practicum phase of training. The practicum component will be completed in conjunction with the candidate having an administrative position.
The candidate will be supervised by the Office of the Superintendent and be under the mentorship of an assigned mentor for the duration of the practicum.
During the practicum, the candidate will:
- keep a reflective journal to be shared with the mentor; and
- lead at least one special project related to pedagogy and the improvement of student performance.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Practicum and recommendation of the candidate's Superintendent, a candidate may apply for the regular Principal's Certificate.