The National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards were developed by a committee comprised of essential stakeholder communities from across the country. These preparation standards, formerly known as the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC standards), have been renamed the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and will be used to guide program design, accreditation review, and state program approval.
It is my distinct pleasure to serve as the President of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). We are the standard bearers of both the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) and the National Education Leader Preparation standards (NELP) which support the entire continuum of preparation and practice for school leaders. Each member organization is committed to promoting and upholding the standards of the profession and the preparation of school leaders who are equity-focused, and equipped to provide a world class education to the students in our schools, colleges and universities.

Dear Education Leaders,

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that school leaders are deeply challenged both professionally and personally.  The return to the “next normal” in our nation’s schools rests on the shoulders of school leaders; and NPBEA is committed to supporting standards, practices, and policies that support excellence in school leadership. We ensure, through our program review processes, that teacher and leader preparation programs are producing education leaders who employ innovative and responsive methodologies which prepare our students to contribute to the betterment of the global society.

 NPBEA supports the education reform policy agendas of our member organizations. We work collaboratively with the national education organizations to advocate for education policies which benefit the nation’s schools, students and communities to ensure each student and family is known, valued, seen, and heard; and have equal access to opportunities for success.  I am proud to serve the profession as president of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.  

 Dr Beverly J Hutton 

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The NELP standards, which are aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL) serve a distinct purpose in that they provide specificity around performance expectations for beginning level building and district leaders. Whereas the PSEL standards define educational leadership broadly, the NELP standards specify what novice leaders and program graduates should know and be able to do as a result of completing a high quality educational leadership preparation program. Like the ELCC standards that preceded them, the NELP standards were developed specifically with the principalship and the superintendency in mind and will be used to review educational leadership programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advanced program review process. There is one set of NELP standards for candidates preparing to become principals and a second set of standards for candidates seeking to become superintendents.
The committee that developed the NELP standards included practicing leaders, professional association representatives, educational leadership faculty, educational leadership preparation program leaders and college leadership.
More in-depth information on the NELP standards, how they were developed and the purpose they serve, can be found on the University Council for Educational Administration website through this link. (