Doctoral Credit and Certification

NISL participants can receive significant credit towards advanced degrees from partner universities and may also be eligible for state-mandated professional certifications or units of study.

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Not only does the Executive Development Program prepare school leaders to succeed, it also can reward them with valuable credentials. NISL partners with states, districts and higher education institutions in flexible ways to help administrators get advanced credit or degrees.

Participants in most states can take advantage of credit-waiving offers from our current university partners and NISL welcomes the opportunity to work with states and districts to arrange for partnerships with local universities or to develop state-specific certification arrangements. Examples of current partnerships include:

Universities Waive Credit towards Doctorate

NISL partners with universities that waive credits required for doctoral degrees—making those degrees much faster to attain and more affordable for NISL graduates. Accrediting agencies require that the program be delivered with NISL faculty utilizing our direct delivery or hybrid train-the-trainer models.

In-state Universities Waive Credit Towards Advanced Certification

NISL works with states and districts that prefer to have in-state university partners grant or waive credits toward advanced degrees or certification. That’s a model we’ve used in Massachusetts with Fitchburg State University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

State Universities Deliver NISL Training

NISL can train and certify university professors to deliver the Executive Development Program and award credentials, a model that the state of Minnesota used with the University of Minnesota. In Mississippi, NISL is located on the campus of “Ole Miss,” the University of Mississippi, and provides training to nearby districts.

States Grant Advanced Certification for NISL Graduates

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires novice principals to complete the Pennsylvania Inspired Leaders (PIL) program to receive their Level II Certification. At the core of the PIL program is the NISL curriculum, delivered by Pennsylvania Intermediate Units and other partners at eight regional sites. NISL has also worked with other states and districts to assure that NISL participants receive professional learning units or credit towards locally-required professional development.

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Implementation Sites

Implementation Sites

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