Consolidation of the NC Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP) and Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3)

On July 1, 2021 The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP) and Transforming Principal Preparation Program (TP3) fully merged into a unified state-funded program.  Our Commission acknowledged the history and traditions of the Principal Fellows Program, and decided to maintain the name as NC Principal Fellows.

One significant change resulting from this merger, impacts how applicants become a part of the program.  Rather than applying directly to the NCPFP, students apply to a university that is participating in the grant program for principal preparation.  Additionally, applicants should ensure their school principal and district leadership understand their desire to start this school leadership journey.  The candidate selection process is a collaborative approach between university programs and LEA leaders.

The following universities are participating in this fully-funded principal preparation model, or will be in the coming years:

  • Appalachian State University (2022-2028 Grant Cycle)
  • Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance/North Carolina Central University (2020-2026 Grant Cycle)
  • East Carolina University (2020-2026 and 2022-2028 Grant Cycles)
  • High Point University (2016-2022 Grant Cycle)
  • North Carolina State University (2016-2022, 2020-2026, and 2022-2028 Grant Cycles)
  • Sandhills Regional Education Consortium/UNC Pembroke and Campbell University (2016-2022 Grant Cycle)
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2022-2028 Grant Cycle)
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2020-2026 Grant Cycle)
  • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2016-2022 and 2022-2028 Grant Cycles)
  • Western Carolina University (2016-2022 and 2022-2028 Grant Cycles)

If you are interested in any of these institutions, click HERE for contact information.

Thinking about becoming a North Carolina Principal Fellow?

Important Considerations:

  1. If you’re interested in participating in the TP3, be sure your school principal knows — they are your strongest advocate.  Work together to ensure district-level leadership such as Human Resource Directors and your Superintendent know your intent to become a school leader.
  2. Applying and being accepted to this new model will also require your District Superintendent’s approval.  When strong district partnerships exist, the likelihood of securing an assistant principal position is much greater.
  3. If accepted into one of the participating university programs, you will not be on a leave of absence both years. Instead, you will take courses while remaining in the classroom during your first year. You will be on a leave of absence the second year and receive a salary equivalent to your current teaching salary if more than that of a first-year assistant principal ($41,650).

For additional information or general queries, email Dr. Tony Stewart at alstewart@northcarolina.edu.