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  • Applications Checklist

    Part 1: Pass the TExES exam http://www.texes.ets.org/

    Part 2: Submit online application

    Part 3: Submit all transcripts for review

    Part 4: Haberman online teacher pre-screener interview

    Part 5: Acceptance letter

    Part 6: Orientation

  • Pre-Admission Content Tests (PACT): This is the teacher content certification exam also known as the TExES content certification exams. The exams are referred to as PACT when a person is seeking entrance into an Alternative Certification Program.

    A passing score on a PACT is required for admission to TOPP.

    You are eligible to take a PACT if:

    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher or are in the last semester of degree coursework
    • Have never been admitted to a State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

    To register for a PACT, watch this video for instructions: https://goo.gl/Y4TLm3

    • Go to texes.ets.org
    • Click on “Register” at the top of the page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “New User”
    • Click on “no TEA ID” on the right side of the page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “pre-admission content test (PACT)”
    • Fill out profile, click next and follow the onscreen directions to register for a test
    • If you already have a TEA ID #, you will need to contact ETS at 1-800-205-2626

     

    Preparing for the exams:

  • For degrees conferred outside of the U.S.:

    You are required to have a complete transcript review by an approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.

    Link: http://goo.gl/tTV40P

     

    If English is not your first language:

    You must also take and pass the TOEFL iBT test, which measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level.

    Link: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/

    Submit transcripts, transcript evaluation, and passing TOEFL scores to toppstaff@esc20.net.

  • Earn your teacher certification or earn dual credit toward your administrative certification while working on your teacher certification.

    Admission Criteria

    • 2.5 GPA in Bachelor’s degree for teacher certification
    • 3.0 GPA in Master’s degree for administrative certification

    Cost

    • $1,600 for teacher certification program
    • $6,500 for administrative certification program
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