The PRN has four pathways:

  • Classic Pathway
  • Length of Program
  • Description and Requirements
  • Requirements
  • Classic Pathway
  • One Year
  • Aspiring principal with full or nearly full release time from other duties works with a mentor principal in the same building for a 12-month residency.
  • Most aspiring principals have full-time release from their duties. If the aspiring principal does not have full-time release from their current job duties, all the following criteria must be met:

    Aspiring principals cannot be in direct service to students for more than 25% of the time in the residency.

  • Leader of Record Pathway
  • Two Year
  • Classroom teachers or other qualified educators to participate in a part-time residency for their first year, and complete the PRN program in their second year by serving as a school leader.
  • An aspiring principal in the LOR pathway experience a residency in her/his first year that is similar to the ET pathway (work with mentor before school, during preparation periods, after school and during the summer). An aspiring principal needs approximately 35 days of release time from the classroom to fulfill all residency requirements, and meet proficiency in the RI leadership standards
  • Extended Time Pathway
  • Two Years
  • The Extended Time (ET) pathway allows classroom teachers to participate in the PRN while teaching over a two-year part-time residency.
  • Aspiring principals work with a mentor principal before school, during preparation time, and after school over two years. An AP also works for at least four weeks each summer with her/his mentor principal to prepare the school for fall opening. The AP needs approximately 30 days of release time from the classroom each year to attend all meetings, fulfill all residency requirements, and meet proficiency in the RI leadership standards.

The fourth pathway is Credential Review for experienced administrators, click here for more info.

The PRN accepts pairs of qualified aspiring principals and mentor principals to engage in an intensive residency-based program. Aspiring principals serve in their schools and are awarded administrative certification upon successful completion of the program.

PRN Information Session dates

Wed, Nov 15, 2017, 4:30

Thur, Jan 11, 2018, 4:30

Tues, Feb 6, 2018, 4:30

Tues, Mar 6, 2018, 4:30

Location: CLEE, 304 Pearl Street, Suite 100, Providence, RI

Please RSVP to Deirdre Newbold, Assistant Director, Communications & Operations,

Click here download a PRN 2018-2019 Application Sample Deadline: 3/29/18

Click here to Complete the Intent to Apply form for PRN 2018/2019. We strongly recommend you attend an information session before completing this form. Completing this form will begin your formal application process.

Click here to Read the FAQs about PRN
Get prepared early: contact Kirsten LaCroix,, 401-523-3688 for program information.

Center for Leadership and Educational Equity

.The mission of the Center is to provide leaders with professional learning and support to create equitable outcomes for students in our schools..

We believe the best way to learn is together and the best way to lead is by example; therefore, our programs engage leaders in professional learning communities that model best practices for staff development in schools. The Center currently runs two such programs for teacher and school leaders, the Principal Residency Network (PRN) and the Learning Leader Network (LLN).