More hoops for would-be principals Current principals, interim and acting principals with more than six months experience, and recent graduates of approved principal-preparation programs automatically meet the new guidelines. Others on the current eligibility list must submit a portfolio within three months of receiving portfolio packages.

Others who have never established eligibility with the board must:

Pre-register with CPS and pass a background check.

Possess or obtain a Type 75 certificate and a master’s degree.

Submit a portfolio demonstrating instructional and managerial leadership, including references and essays.

Successfully complete a writing sample, policy exam and interview.

Complete an approved program of study in the principalship.

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