If you are looking to take the next big step in your career and need the appropriate certifications, NJ EXCEL (EXpedited Certification for Educational Leadership) might just be your best bet. NJEXCEL is an innovative state-approved program that provides alternatives to the traditional graduate coursework required for supervisor certification and the master’s degree in educational administration that has been required for principal and school administrator certification. It is a convenient, time-saving, practical and relevant program that will not only make you eligible for the job you want, but will prepare you to succeed in it.
NJ EXCEL’s performance-based curriculum is aligned with New Jersey Standards for School Leaders and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISSLC), and is especially designed to focus on preparing educational leaders to function effectively in New Jersey’s districts and schools. NJ EXCEL, therefore, emphasizes the study and analysis of topics and authentic educational issues within local district and school contexts, and within the broader context of the state’s Strategic Plan for Improving Education in New Jersey, the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, Common Core/PARCC, and relevant state laws, policies, and initiatives.
Eligibility for all NJ EXCEL 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. NJ EXCEL offers four 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, and/or school administrator.
NJ EXCEL’s Cohort and Inquiry Group design develops collegiality, collaboration, and peer support as candidates engage in a range of program activities. All candidates are divided into regional Inquiry Groups, which meet regularly and continually communicate online to discuss readings, problem-based activities and day-to-day challenges, and to support each other with peer reviews and feedback related to action research, job embedded, and school-based projects. Each Inquiry Group is assigned an E-Mentor who facilitates the group’s activities and serves as its primary adviser. Cohort Advisers, Seminar Instructors, Internship Mentors, and Field Supervisors provide additional support related to program requirements and individual candidate needs through NJ EXCEL’s Online Learning Community, which enables candidates and faculty to easily interact with each other as a collaborative learning community.
You can learn more about NJ EXCEL by clicking any of the links below. If you already participate in NJ EXCEL as an instructor, candidate, or administrator, you can login to the private section of NJ EXCEL here. Please note that the pages within the private section of the NJ EXCEL 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.