Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Dr. Mary Ann Mayhew

Committee Member

Dr. Deanna Cash

Committee Member

Dr. Roger Jones


The role of a principal looks very different from years ago and responsibilities principals are charged with have evolved significantly over time. In nearly all states, principals receive training and certification under the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSELs) with focus in the following areas: 1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values, 2. Ethics and Professional Norms, 3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness, 4. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, 5. Community of Care and Support for Students, 6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel, 7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff, 8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community, 9. Operations and Management, and 10. School Improvement (NPBEA, 2015). Prior to 2015, these standards were under the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium with focus in the following areas: 1. Vision, Mission and Goals, 2. Teaching and Learning, 3. Managing Organizational Systems and Safety, 4. Collaborating with Families and Stakeholders, 5. Ethics and Integrity, and 6. The Educational System. A literature review was conducted to determine how the principal's role has evolved over time, highlight the professional standards for which principals receive preparation and certification and discuss mentorship and induction of new principals. A lack of research was found to showcase how well prepared principals perceived themselves as being specifically in the ten PSEL standards when new in the position. When compared to teacher induction and mentorship, there was also a lack of research on the role of mentors and principals’ induction with novice principals.

This study was designed and conducted to be able to determine principals’ perceptions of their preparation in the PSELs and if the principal received mentorship, the degree to which they perceived their mentorship in the PSELs. This research was conducted to contribute to the body of knowledge that would inform schools of higher education regarding the emphasis of the PSEL standards and their curriculum to enhance. This research was also conducted to provide school divisions with information that might inform their mentoring of new principals to support and enhance the work of these administrators.