Principal Certification Program

Region 14 Principal Program Benefits:

Test Preparation for  TExES 268

Support for PASL

AEL Certification

T-TESS Training and Certification

Instruction grounded in Texas Instructional Leadership best practices


The Region 14 ESC Principal Alternative Certification Program (PACP) provides an intensive one-year preparation program for aspiring principals.  Individuals holding a master’s degree participate in an intensive, comprehensive program leading to principal certification.  The program is designed only for highly committed candidates who can excel in a fast-paced training environment.

Candidates acquire knowledge and skills in a practical, real-world learning environment.  Networking opportunities promote development of collegial relationships among candidates, their site supervisors, and other practicing administrators.

Training includes seminars delivered by practitioners in the field of administration, mentoring by an experienced principal, and field-based experiences.  Initial training takes place during the months of June and July and continues with monthly one-day sessions during the school year.  Training is directed toward successful passage of the TExES principal’s test.  Curriculum is directly aligned to the state-mandated Principal Standards, which include (1) Instructional Leadership; (2) Human Capital; (3) Executive Leadership; (4) School Culture; and (5) Strategic Operations.

Candidates participate in an intensive one-year practicum in an actual school setting while continuing in their current assignment.  Candidates gain real-world experience as they take substantial leadership roles during the practicum.

PACP consultants, who conduct and monitor the program, maintain close contact with the candidates and their site supervisors.  Program consultants oversee the practicum and visit the campus a minimum of three (3) times during the school year.

Region 14 makes a recommendation to the state for a standard certificate at the end of the program.  This recommendation is contingent upon successful completion of all program requirements, a passing score on the TExES test, and recommendations from the intern’s mentoring principal and the Region 14 ESC program staff.

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Note:  If you do not have a master’s degree, please select the “Master of Education” tab.

19 TAC §227.10(a)(5

For an applicant who will be seeking an initial certificate in a class other than classroom teacher, the applicant shall meet the minimum requirements for admission described in Chapter 239 of this title (relating to Student Services Certificates); Chapter 241 of this title (relating to Principal Certificate); and Chapter 242 of this title (relating to Superintendent Certificate). If an applicant has not met the minimum certification, degree, and/or experience requirement(s) for issuance of a standard certificate prior to admission, the EPP shall inform the applicant in writing of any deficiency prior to admission.

Cost of Program

*Once the down payment of $1035.00 has been made, the candidate will have a balance of $5,000.00, which is prorated over ten (10) months at no interest.  The program fee is paid directly to Region 14’s ACP.

**If the principal candidate is serving in a principal position prior to the completion of the certification program, the $78.00 fee will be paid directly to TEA when the candidate applies for the probationary certificate. To qualify for a probationary certificate, the candidate must have passed the TExES test.

***If the principal candidate is serving in a principal position but has not yet passed the Principal TExES test, the candidate will need to make application for an intern certificate.

****The $78.00 fee will be paid directly to TEA when the intern has completed all program requirements and passed the Principal TExES test.

NOTE:  Fees and charges can change at any time when state law changes or when TEA mandates affect Region 14’s program costs.


The following criteria must be met satisfactorily to be recommended for certification:

Certificates received through Region 14’s Principal Alternative Certification are recognized throughout the state of Texas.  These certificates are commensurate to university administrator preparation programs.

How to Apply

Interested?  Apply Here 

Candidates will submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended to the following:

Region 14 ESC - ACP

Attn: Candice Escobar

1850 Highway 351

Abilene, TX 79601

Texas Education Code  §227.1. General Provisions.

(b)(1) pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator; and (2) pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.

Further, the EPP shall notify each applicant of

(d)(1)the potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of a certificate on completion of the EPP, and (2) the current State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules prescribed in §249.16 of this title (relating to Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21); and (3) the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B, of this title (relating to Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility).

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For Application Questions:

Greg Priddy,  Administrative Certification Coordinator

Phone: (325) 675-8684

Currently Enrolled Students

*Please do not enter payments via these forms until you have signed and submitted a program acceptance letter to the program coordinator.

ACP Down Payment Form

ACP Program Fees Payment Form