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Pass the TX PACT exam

Submit online application Requires a nonrefundable $50.00 fee

Submit all transcripts for review -  From every community college and university attended including dual credit coursework earned while in high school.

Haberman online teacher pre-screener interview

Acceptance letter

Orientation

If you have reason to believe that you may be ineligible for educator certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense, it is advised that you request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation. For more information or to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation, visit the Texas Education Agency Website.

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree conferred or in the last semester of college
  • 2.5 GPA cumulative in undergraduate coursework or within the last 60 hours
  • Passing score on a TX PACT (Pre-Admission Content Area Test) - TX PACT Exemption Chart
  • Submission of sealed transcripts
  • Passing score on program screening instrument
  • Signed acknowledgment of formal acceptance letter

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)
  • Go to: www.tx.nesinc.com/
  • Click on "Step-by-step guide" and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

If you are not eligible to take a PACT:

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.

Required TOEFL scores

  • Speaking 24
  • Listening 22
  • Reading 22
  • Writing 21

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