Principal Certification

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What is Principal Certification?

Our state-approved educator preparation program provides a comprehensive, high-quality, learner-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.

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
  •  Cohorts allow for personalization and one-on-one feedback
  •  Engage in authentic, 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 cohort and program personnel


To apply for the HCDE Principal Prepartion Program, please see our admission criteria. There are two entry options during the 2019-2020 academic year:

Option 1: September 2019 Cohort

Regular Deadline to Apply: two weeks prior to start date

Program Start Date: September 7, 2019

Option 2: Rolling Entry Cohort between October 2019 and March 2020 

Regular Deadline to Apply: ongoing

Program Start Date: Saturday Seminar following formal admission date

Contact Us:

Phone: 713-696-1348
Twitter: @HCDELeadNow
Facebook: /HCDEECA

2019-2020 Academic Year Calendar of Activities

HCDE Principal Certification Academy provides aspiring educational leaders a route to certification and advancement through the use of rigorous standards for selection, preparation, and coaching.