Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (EdD)


Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

First Advisor

Dr. Christian Winterbottom

Second Advisor

Dr. Lunetta Williams

Third Advisor

Dr. Katrina Hall

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Shameka Brown


Principal Preparation Programs are a one-year intensive program to develop aspiring school Principals with at least three years of Assistant Principal experience (Solodev,2022). The purpose of these programs is to prepare aspiring leaders for the role of school Principal adequately. This qualitative phenomenological study aimed to explore the perceptions of principal preparation programs from the perspectives of non-reappointed principals. Four non-reappointed principals participated in the study. Three themes emerged from the data analysis of this study. Non-reappointed principals perceived that the training lacked the hands-on experience they needed, the level of support they received needed to be improved, and that the reasons they were non-reappointed seemed politically motivated due to a lack of transparency. This study suggested that Principal Preparation Programs should incorporate more realistic experiences through internships, mentoring, and support during and after the completion of the program. As school districts work to refine their Principal Preparation Programs to align with the new Florida Leadership Standards, this study may aid in the retention rate of novice principals.