NC State

NC State Principal Preparation

A Top Educational Leadership Preparation Program in U.S.*

*Out of over 774 principal preparation programs nationally, NC State is one of only 5 programs to ever earn the distinction of being named "Exemplary" by UCEA.

Learn about our graduates' impact

NC State University’s Educational Leadership Academies seek to increase student achievement by preparing and retaining principals in high-poverty, hard-to-staff, and historically low-performing schools. The Leadership Academies create a comprehensive leadership development and succession plan for NC high-need school districts. Each component is anchored in research-based best practices in leadership preparation and is designed to meet the specific contextualized needs of schools in North Carolina.

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Our educational leadership programs include:

83% of NELA first year principals met or exceeded growth in high-need, Title I schools vs. only 75% of experienced principals across all schools in the state reaching the same level of performance in 2014-2015.

Current Fellows


Wake Principal Leadership Program (WPLP)

Johnston Principal Leadership Academy (JPLA)


NCSU Cohort

NC State's Principal Fellows Cohort