Principal Certification Network (PCN)

The PCN 30 cohort (2020-2021) application window is now closed. Contact Jeannette Hanon at for more information on the next application window.

Our next summer cohort launch will be May 2021. Stay tuned for potential January 2021 winter cohort launch!


The Principal Certification Network (PCN) at Education Service Center Region 13 (ESC 13) prepares future leaders to meet the constantly evolving challenges faced by schools. Our program is a comprehensive certification program designed exclusively by leaders for leaders who currently hold a master's degree. We support you on your path towards principalship through non-traditional means as we show you what the day-to-day life looks like for principals and assistant principals throughout central Texas.

"The PCN program at Region 13 was an outstanding preparation for my current and future roles in campus leadership. The readings, projects, and in-person class sessions delved deeply into each core proficiency required of a principal. Plus, I couldn't ask for a better support group of colleagues, which has continued to be important to me even after completion of the program."

- Melissa Payne

How We're Designed

We meet in a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions as we prepare you for your new life as a principal and get you ready for the TExES 268 Principal test.

You’ll start out in required face-to-face trainings during the summer and Saturdays throughout the 15 month program. You’ll then move into online classes which train you in specific areas related to school leadership. Finally, we’ll meet and provide exam reviews and practice test sessions to make sure you ace the principal exam.

Throughout all of this, you’ll get hands on coaching and field supervision feedback from both our specialists and your fellow cohorts. It’s one way we’re positively impacting the future of Texas leaders.

Why Us?

We know how to train principals. In fact, we have a 100% pass rate for participants who complete our program and go on to take the Principal as Instructional Leader exam. We’ve trained principals from Giddings, Hays, Leander, and other districts throughout our region.

Our Fees

We charge a $100 nonrefundable application fee, along with a $300 nonrefundable registration fee. Our 15 month long program costs $8250 and includes all summer programs, trainings, face-to-face classes, field support, PASL support, and an in person TExES 268 review and practice test session.

$1,500 is due by June 1st.

$6,750 (the remaining program fees) can be paid in full or in 10 equal monthly payments of $675.

Program Requirements

All eligible applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, completed 2 years of teaching experience, completed 3 years leadership experience, and hold a valid Texas teaching certificate.

Fees, rules and dates/times are subject to change and reflect information available at the time of posting - January 22, 2020.  

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PCN is approved by the Texas Education Agency and is subject to any changes mandated by the State Board of Educator Certification as well as other necessary program adjustments.