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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 over three weeks during the summer and just seven Saturdays during the school year. Each candidate completes an extensive practicum which may require taking 4-6 personal days, depending on district policy. Successful completion of the PPCP and all related requirements will result in the issuance of the Texas standard certificate Principal as Instructional Leader.

Application Requirements

  • Hold a Master’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
  • 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: $750
  • Program Fee: $4,900
  • State testing and certification fees paid directly to their representative entities


  • Program information sessions (virtual): Spring 2024- See flyer below for additional information.
  • Application deadline: May17th
  • Interviews: May/June
  • Orientation: June 10th
  • Summer training (2-3 weeks): June - July
  • Begin practicum: August
  • Ongoing training and test-prep: One Saturday in April
  • Recommendation for full certification: June if all program requirements are completed successfully

ESC Contacts:

Jada Mullins,, 936.435.8360

Colleen McMillian,, 936.435.8294

PPCP Information Flyer (2024-2025)