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Alternative Certification Program
Principal Alternative Certification Program
Region 14 ESC SOUTH
4300 South Treadaway Blvd
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone 325-675-8605
Fax 325-695-1101

The Region 14 ESC Principal Alternative Certification Program (PACP) is a 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 are able to 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 mentors, 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.

PACP consultants, who conduct and monitor the program, maintain close contact with the candidates and mentors. Program consultants oversee the internship 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 principal 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 PACP program staff
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning  (NOTE- If you do not have a masters degree, click "Masters Degree" tab)
  • A minimum of (2) years teaching experience
  • Completed application with official sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities
  • Copy of Teacher Service Record
  • Payment of a non-refundable $100.00 application fee
  • Cost of Program
  • Program Application Fee - A $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required when an application is submitted.
  • State Fee - $55
  • Program Fee - A $6,000 fee will be paid to Region 14 ESC to cover program costs. A non-refundable down payment of $1000 is due upon acceptance into the program. The balance of $5,000 may be prorated over 10 months and is payable to Region 14 AACP.
  • Note:  An additional fee of $1,000 is charged for candidates who work outside the Region 14 service area.

  • TExES Examination Fee - A $131 fee will be paid to Education Testing Service (ETS) at the time the candidate is ready to take the TExES certification test.  (Plus a state processing fee)                                                                                                      
  • Application Fee for Probationary Principal Certificate - If the principal candidate is serving in a principal position prior to completion of the program, a $52 fee will be paid to TEA when application is made for probationary principal certification.  
  • Application Fee for Principal Certification - A $78 fee will be paid to TEA upon successful completion of the TExES test and recommendations for certification from mentor and PACP program staff. 
  • Books/material fees: Candidates will be required to purchase their own Certify Teacher subscriptions and required textbooks.  

    The following criteria must be met in order to be recommended for certification:

  • Complete all training hours
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments and projects
  • Pass TExES Principal Exam
  • Receive recommendations from both the mentoring principal and the Region 14 PACP consultant
  • Payment of all certification fees and  TExES fees

    Certificates received through PACP 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:

    Along with the documents above enclose the following items, your teaching certificate, your service record, and official copy of your transcript for your masters degree, and a $100 (non-refundable) application fee. 

    Submit the application documents above to:

        Region 14 ESC SOUTH
        Billie McKeever
        4300 S. Treadaway Blvd
        Abilene, TX 79602

    For Questions about the program contact:
    Billie McKeever
    Office: 325-675-7014
    Cell: 940-864-4814

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