New Jersey Leaders to Leaders

New Jersey’s sole, state-approved, comprehensive mentoring and induction program for new school leaders.¬†

Important NJL2L Registration notice

All individuals who hold a Certificate of Eligibility for Principal and were hired as of July 1, 2005 into any position requiring principal certification (i.e. principal, vice/assistant principal, director, assistant director) must complete the State-Required Two-Year Residency Program and be assessed by a trained State-Approved Mentor who will recommend the Resident for Standard Principal Certification upon successful completion of the Residency at the end of the twenty-four months. Following receipt of the State-Required Documents at the beginning of the residency, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) will issue a two-year Provisional Certification for the term of the Residency.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-12.5

at a glance

state-required residency

All individuals who hold a Principal CE and are employed in a position requiring principal certification  must complete the State-Required Two-Year Residency Program to earn their Standard Certificate (N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-12.5).

Peer Support

Peer Support Group meetings provide a ‘team mentoring’ approach that capitalizes on the mentors’ range and depth of experience in education. Together, mentors organize and facilitate monthly Peer Support Group meetings.


The NJL2L Program supports a professional network among Mentors and Residents as they learn to navigate the complexities of their new roles and engage in a range of job-embedded residency experiences. 

Intensive and sustained Mentoring

Trained and state-approved NJL2L mentors provide intensive & sustained support for new school leaders through 1:1 communication, site visits, and Peer Support Group meetings.


The NJL2L Program is aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSELs) and the National Technology Standards for School Administrators.

Residency without interruption

If a Resident changes districts and/or positions during their 24 months of residency, he/she may continue their residency uninterrupted, with the same mentor. 

Program Fees

Resident Registration Fee


24 Months of Mentoring


Payable to:

foundation for educational administration
12 Centre drive, Monroe, NJ 08831


NOTE: Administrative Fee Payments submitted on or after July 1, 2024 will be processed in the amount of $950.

Mentor Fees


Year 1 Stipend: $1500

Year 2 Stipend: $1000


direct-to-mentor payment

Here’s what people are saying about NJ2L!

Continually Evolving

The brilliance of the NJL2L Program is in its ability to continually evolve and reinvent itself to meet the ever-changing needs of the residents.

Dr. Neil Burti

Principal, Cherry Hill Public School District

an invaluable network

Under our current NJL2L leadership, we’ve taken big steps in so many areas. The future of the program is bright and his vision is a big reason why. The residents I have had are colleagues and friends, the mentors I work with have varied backgrounds, and the networking is invaluable.

Dr. Kevin McGrath

Retired Principal, Wayne Public School District

teamwork at its finest

The NJL2L Peer Group is an exemplary model of a viable professional learning community. It is collective intelligence and teamwork at its finest.

Barbara Gibbons

Retired Principal, NJPSA/FEA Car Coach & Program Developer