NJEXCEL Admissions and Selection Process

Thank you for your interest in the NJEXCEL Program!

Please carefully review the following information related to the NJEXCEL Admissions and Selection Process.

Online Application

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We admit new NJEXCEL candidates in new cohorts in January and July.

Application deadlines:

  • For January cohorts – Applications are accepted until November 1.
  • For July cohorts – Applications are accepted until April 15.
  • Applications received after these respective due dates will be considered for the subsequent cohorts.

After you submit your online application, you will receive an email confirmation that it has been received.  In the weeks prior to or immediately following the application deadline (November 1 or April 15, respectively), our office will contact you with additional information.  Also, Model 1, 2, and 3 applicants will also be provided with directions to schedule an interview at that time. 

Admissions Documents

To verify your eligibility for the NJEXCEL program, you will gather the items listed below.  You are encouraged to begin compiling these items when you apply.  You will submit these documents through our online system (prior to your interview - Models 1, 2, 3).  Directions will be provided.  

  1. Graduate Degree Verification – A master’s degree or higher in a related educational field from an accredited college/university is required for admission.  You may initially provide a copy or unofficial transcript, however an official transcript sent to us directly from the college/university/transcript clearinghouse is required for program acceptance.
  2. New Jersey Certifications– A printout from NJDOE NJEdCert online system showing your name and all certifications is acceptable. You will need to provide comparable verification for out-of-state certifications, as applicable.
  3. School District Statement of Support – The form must be completed by an authorized district official.  The Model 1, 2, 3 form can be accessed here:  [Click here to download form]  The form for Model 4 and 5 will be shared with you at a later date.  
  4. Years of Educational Experience Verification Letter*
    • All Applicants – An official district letter must verify your completion of four or more years of full-time, certificated experience. [Click here to download letter template] - Right click the link and select Save Link As.
    • *Please Note:  If you have completed less than 4 years of experience in your current district, you will need to acquire Years of Educational Experience Verification Letters from  former district/s to document that you cumulatively meet this requirement. 
  5. Current Job Description – This is required ONLY for Model 1 candidates and for Model 2 candidates who are currently working as a Supervisor.  Bring a copy of the district document citing your supervisory job responsibilities.

Model 1, 2 and 3 applicants will also complete several tasks (writing sample/educational platform, listing of leadership/instructional experiences, data task analysis) and documents that will be shared with you prior to your interview.   Directions will be provided.


Admissions Interviews

A personal interview with an NJEXCEL staff member is an important part of our Admissions and Selection Process for Model 1, 2, and 3 applicants.  You will be contacted, typically in the weeks before or following the application deadlines noted above, to schedule an interview.  The interview will be approximately 45 minutes in duration and will be held via a remote/virtual/online format.  You will present your professional experiences that demonstrate your experience and showcase your knowledge and application of effective instructional, supervisory, and leadership practices.  Admissions tasks (writing sample, task analysis, leadership experiences) and all required documents will be reviewed to confirm your eligibility for the NJEXCEL program. 

Admissions Criteria

Your credentials, interview, experiences, task analysis, and writing sample will be assessed using an Applicant Selection Rubric for Models 1, 2, and 3 which is designed to ensure consistency and fairness in the admissions process.  We strive to enroll candidates who demonstrate the drive to successfully complete the rigorous NJEXCEL Program requirements and the potential to become effective school leaders.  You may view the Applicant Selection Rubric via the link.  [Click here to download the Applicant Selection Rubric]

Applicant Selection and Notification

Following interviews for your preferred cohort, NJEXCEL staff will confer regarding the selection of applicants. You will be notified in writing via email of your status no less than 30 days prior to the start date of the cohort. Your status will be in one of the following categories:

  1. Accepted,
  2. Accepted/Waiting List (will be admitted if space becomes available or automatically accepted for next scheduled cohort), or
  3. Not Accepted.

Thank you for your interest in NJEXCEL!

Questions related to Models 1, 2 and 3 may be directed to Ms. Wanda “Rah” Grant, Administrative Assistant, at wgrant@njpsa.org or (609) 860-1200.  Questions related to Models 4 and 5 may be directed to Mrs. Julie Brandell, Administrative Assistant, at jbrandell@njpsa.org or (609) 860-1200.  NJEXCEL Model 1, 2, and 3 Alumni who are interested in applying for Model 4 should contact Mrs. Brandell before completing an online application as the process differs slightly for alumni. 

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