Principal Certification

Our state-approved educator preparation program provides a comprehensive, high-quality, learning-centered leadership preparation for aspiring administrators to become effective school leaders. The academy curriculum is fully aligned with the Texas standards, domains and competencies for principal certification, and focuses on the essential skill sets necessary to successfully lead high-performing schools.



Leadership Development Opportunities for District and Campus Leaders
Spring 2018

  • Feb. 13, 2018 - Promising Practices for Priority Schools Leadership Summit
  • May 24, 2018 - Visioning Schools of Promise Leadership Collaborate

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Principal Preparation and Certification Academy

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Currently hold an advanced degree (master’s or higher) from an accredited university or be in the last semester of completing an advanced degree
  • Valid Texas Teacher Certificate
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in a PK-12 setting
  • Record of successful leadership experience within professional or community activities
  • Successful completion of application process

Program Features

  • Accelerated delivery model allows for shorter time to reach certification goal
  • Convenience of once-a-month weekend seminars (Saturday)
  • Experts-in-the-field instructors with extensive hands-on knowledge of the craft
  • Small cohorts allow for personalization and one-on-one feedback
  • Engage in hands-on common field experiences with extensive support and feedback from program personnel
  • Conduct action research to gain practice with developing systems for school change
  • Gain valuable facilitative leadership skills that can be utilized immediately in your current position
  • Engage in reflective practice with support from colleagues and program personnel

Program Outcomes

  • Successful completion of the Texas Principal EC-12 certification; and
  • Increase the knowledge and skill sets required for exemplary practice in the field of campus-level educational leadership

For details, visit the program framework.

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Phone: 713-696-1348
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