Principal Certification Program

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The Region 14 ESC Principal Alternative Certification Program (PACP) is an intensive one-year preparation program for aspiring principals. It provides an opportunity for individuals who have a master’s degree to 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 will participate in an intensive one-year practicum in an actual school setting. Candidates will 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.

Green Checkmark


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • A minimum of two (2) years teaching experience

  • Completed application with official, sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities

  • Copy of the Teacher Service Record

  • Payment of a non-refundable $100.00 application fee

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

Cost of Program

  • Program Application Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable fee is required when an application is submitted)

  • State Fee: $35.00 (included in the down payment)

  • Program Fee: $6,000.00*

  • Down Payment: $1035.00 (includes state fee)

  • Out-of-Region Fee: $1,000.00 (if the candidate completes the practicum outside of the Region 14 service area)

  • TExES Examination Fees: fees submitted directly to testing company at the time the candidate is ready to take the TExES test

    • $210.00 (TExES 268—beginning January 1, 2019)

    • PASL Test (Begins Fall 2019, $400 payable to ETS)

  • Application Fee for Probationary Certificate: $78.00**

  • Application Fee for Intern Certificate: $78.00***

  • Application for Standard Principal Certification: $78.00****

  • Books / Materials Fee: Candidates pay all costs for books and materials.

*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 had 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:

  • Complete all training hours

  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments and projects

  • Pass the TExES Principal test

  • Receive recommendations from both the mentoring principal and the Region 14 PACP consultant

  • Payment of all program fees

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

To apply, download the application document below:

Complete Principal Application

Please be sure to include the teaching certificate, the Teacher Service Record, and the official copy (in sealed envelope) of the master’s degree along with the non-refundable $100.00 application fee.

Submit the application documents to:

Greg Priddy

Office: (325) 675-8684

Region 14 ESC South

4300 S. Treadaway Blvd.

Abilene, TX 79602