Principal Certification Network (PCN)

The PCN 31 cohort (January 2021 - April 2022) application window is now open.

Contact Jeannette Hanon at for more information about PCN and the application process. Our next summer cohort launch will be May 2021.

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 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 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

PCN provides participants with a challenging and relevant certification program that requires minimal on–site attendance.

During the PCN 31 program, cohorts participate in a cohort orientation and StrengthFinder and Norms building training via live Zoom to kick off the program year. Throughout the program year students receive specialized online PASL (Performance Assessment for School Leaders) launch training, engage in face-to-face Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) and Texas Teacher Evaluation & Support System (T-TESS) trainings as well as 9 online Canvas courses with 9 embedded performance assessments, complete additional self-study activities and are provided additional training opportunities through the ESC Region 13 E-Campus system. The program also requires a school-based practicum/internship component which lasts from January 2021-January 2022, spanning a full academic year.

Each of the 9 core curriculum Canvas courses launch on a designated Saturday; the coursework is completed online, including a variety of assignments requiring online interaction with other cohorts and the course facilitators as well as campus-based experiences.

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.

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The PCN Program Consists Of:

  • Curriculum and instruction aligned with TExES 268 Principal domains and competencies
  • 9 canvas courses, Youth Mental Health First Aid, AEL, and T-TESS
  • Cohort groups start the program and complete it as a group serving as a network of resources and support
  • Instruction facilitated by experienced administrators
  • Coursework designed for campus-based and district-based positions
  • Performance Assessment to provide real-time practice
  • 9 online modules covering topics such as leadership, communication, ethics, and resource management
  • Four observation cycles with a dedicated Field Supervisor as well as informal support and coaching
  • PASL Support
  • 268 Exam support via live zoom prep session, Leadership Ready online course, and practice tests

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.

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 (see FAQs for more on this), 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.