Are you ready to take the next big step in your career?

If you are ready to take the next big step in your career and need the appropriate certifications,
NJEXCEL (EXpedited Certification for Educational Leadership) is your best bet!

NJEXCEL (New Jersey EXpedited Certification for Educational Leadership) is an innovative, non-traditional, nationally recognized program leading to school leader state certification. We are approved by the New Jersey Department of Education to offer our candidates an expert path to Supervisor, Principal, Director of School Counseling Services, Teacher Leader, and/or School Administrator certification. The Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA) is the state-approved provider for our excellent, intensive program. Since 2003, more than 2000 candidates have earned their eligibility for certification through NJEXCEL. We prepare our candidates to become exemplary leaders who effectively serve our students, schools and communities in their important leadership roles.


Eligibility for all NJEXCEL Models requires, at a minimum, a master’s degree in a field related to education and more than four years of experience as a classroom teacher and/or educational specialist. NJEXCEL offers program models that are designed to match applicants’ career goals and educational and professional experience with an expedited path to state certification for Supervisor, Principal, Director of School Counseling Services, Teacher Leader, and/or School Administrator.

How Does NJEXCEL Lead to State Certification?

NJEXCEL candidates, in addition to successfully meeting all program requirements, must pass the appropriate state-required test for principal (SLLA) and/or school administrator (SSA) to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE). The CE allows candidates to seek employment in a position requiring such certification. Once hired in one of these positions, the state issues a provisional certificate to the new administrator who then completes a one-year or two-year Residency to be eligible for standard certification. Supervisor certification does not require a state test and may be granted upon completion of the requisite hours approved by the state.

NJEXCEL Program Information

You can learn more about NJEXCEL by clicking any of the links below. If you already participate in NJEXCEL as an instructor, candidate, or administrator, you can login to the private section of NJEXCEL here. Please note that the pages within the private section of the NJEXCEL web site still have our former branding. We are in the process of redesigning that private web site with a new content management system and our new branding.  We hope to have that available soon.