Alternative Certification Program
Master of Education with Texas Principal or Counselor* Certification (see note below about counselor certification)

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

What makes our Masters of Education Degree program different...


We value the contact that you make in person through face-to-face class meetings. A portion of the masters degree program will consist of direct contact with your professors. We are teamed up with Sul Ross State University for our masters degree.  These classes will meet at Region 14 ESC South in Abilene.  You will never have to travel to Alpine for a class.  The entire program is designed with teachers in mind so that your school work will not interfere with your employment.  Our masters program is a 33 hour program. 


Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate coursework may be transferred into the program from an accredited institution. This transfer must be approved by an academic adviser and must have been taken within the last six years.

You will pay a $1000 non-refundable payment to Region 14 ESC before you start.  (This consists of a $500 Masters Program Fee, and a $500 deposit towards your certification program.)    

Once you have completed your masters degree you will start your Texas Principal Certification or Texas School Counselor* (see note below) certification portion of the program.  For this part we bring in practicing superintendents, principals, counselors, and other administrators that walk you through what is going on in “today's” school environment. You will be getting the most up to date information available. This puts you in direct contact with the administrators that make hiring decisions throughout our region.  You simply cannot get this information or contact with administrators from any online program.  For more information about the certification portion of the program, click the Principal or Counselor Certification tab. 

Successful completion of the 33 credit hours and the certification training, which includes an internship, provides the academic preparation required for certification in Texas.

* Due to a change in the requirements for school counselor certification, the 2019 June start for counselor certification will be our last cohort of school counselors.  At this point, if you wish to join our program, you would need to start your masters Summer 1, 2019, and complete the counselor certification program at the same time.  

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution
  • Two years teaching experience in a TEA accredited school (or will have finsied teaching for at least two years within the 2 year program)
  • 2.5 grade point average or 3.0 on last 60 hours
  • Masters Degree with Principal or Counselor Certification
    The Masters program is just over a year.  The remainder of the 2 year program consist of Counselor or Principal certification training and an internship. 

    Two core classes will be taught each semester. One class will meet face-to-face on Saturdays, and the other will be online while completing masters degree. Once 30 hours is completed Texas School Principal or Counselor Certification will begin.  These classes will include an internship during the following school year.  For information about the principal or counselor certification portion of the program, click the tab on the left. 

    Course Format
    We value the "human" element in our programs. There will be some online content, but a large portion of our program will involve classroom meetings with your professors, and direct contact with administrators from throughout Region 14.
    How to Apply

    To apply, download and fill out each of the documents below 

  • Complete Masters Program Application Packet
  • Along with the documents above enclose the following items, your teaching certificate, your teacher service record, and 2 official copies of your transcripts, and a $100 (non-refundable) application fee.  We must have a transcript from every school you have attended.  

    NOTE- We must have 2 official transcripts from each university you have attended.  Please have them sent directly to the address below.  We can get your enrollment process started with unofficial copies as long as the officials are in transit to us.  

    Submit the application documents above to:

         Region 14 ESC SOUTH
         Greg Pace
         4300 S. Treadaway Blvd
         Abilene, TX 79602

    For Questions about the program contact:
    Greg Pace
    Office: 325-675-7026
    Cell: 325-725-1808