Principal Preparation and Certification Program (PPCP)

The PPCP is a state-approved and accredited educator preparation program that has enabled individuals to earn the principal certificate since 2006. A hybrid of face-to-face and online training, candidates receive the knowledge and build the skills to be effective campus leaders.

Program Overview

The PPCP is a 12-month program beginning each June. Face-to-face training is held two to three weeks during the summer and just seven Saturdays during the school year. Each candidate completes a practicum which may require taking 4-6 personal days, depending on district policy.

Application Requirements

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or 2.75 on the most recent 60 hours)
  • Hold a valid Texas teaching certificate
  • Verify completion of a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA, or 18 semester hours toward a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 and a plan to graduate within two years of program enrollment
  • Secure employment in a public or approved private school (employment as an administrator is not required)
  • Submit a teacher service record verifying a minimum of two years teaching experience


All fees are non-refundable.

  • Application Fee: $100
  • Admission Fee: $650
  • Program Fee: $4,300
  • State testing and certification fees paid directly to their representative entities


  • Application deadline: May
  • Orientation: June
  • Summer training (2-3 weeks - weekdays): June - July
  • Begin practicum: August
  • Ongoing training (7 Saturdays): August - May
  • Recommendation for full certification: June if all program requirements are completed successfully

Joe Martin