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Program Overview


TOPP continues to focus on our vision of serving the education community by being the definitive choice in alternative teacher certification.  We look forward to helping you achieve your dream of becoming a Texas certified teacher!  
 
To maintain this vision, and ensure students and alternative teacher certification candidates receive the preparation necessary for success, our policy continues to require TOPP candidates to successfully pass a content TExES certification exam prior to receiving an intern certification.  


About Us

The Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program (TOPP) is a State Board of Educator Certification approved alternative route to teacher certification coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20. TOPP began providing services in 1986 and maintains a trustworthy and enduring reputation with our educational partners.

 
 
 


Vision Statement

To be the definitive choice for quality educator preparation through the recruitment and training of highly effective individuals with a desire to positively impact education.

Core Beliefs

We believe…

  • In service first
  • Our employees drive our success
  • Collaboration maximizes results
  • In purposeful and effective communication
  • Change is opportunity
  • In cultivating strengths
  • Learning is life-long
 
Program Coursework Hours

Step 1 TExES Content Preparation (0 Hours)

Step 2 Classroom Foundation (57 Hours)

Step 3 Online Classroom Preparation (126 Hours)

Step 4 Meeting Student Needs (54 Hours)

Step 5 Internship (42 Hours)

Field Based Experience
(30 Hours)

Total Training Hours   309
 
 
 
Program Fees:
Step 1   $100
Step 2, 3 (with STR*) $100 + $650 (+$550*)
Step 4 $650
Step 5 $4095
*Science of Teaching Reading (STR) applies to those seeking certification in elementary/middle
school core subjects and ELAR 4-8 certification and 4-8 ELAR/Social Studies. The STR and TExES
exam to be passed to meet certification requirements.
 
 
Payment Plans:
Step Duration Payment
Step 1 initial fee $100
Step 2, 3 & 4 (without STR*) 8 months $175
Step 2, 3 & 4 (with STR*) 8 months $243.75
Step 5 10-12 months $341.25
*Science of Teaching Reading (STR) applies to those seeking certification in elementary/middle
school core subjects and ELAR 4-8 certification and 4-8 ELAR/Social Studies. The STR and TExES
exam to be passed to meet certification requirements.
 
 
Payment Assistance
The College Access Loan (CAL) is available through www.hhloans.com 
Information on eligibility: http://bit.ly/CALreq 
 
 

120+ Hours

Topics

Instructional Planning and Delivery, Knowledge of Students and Student Learning, Content Knowledge and Expertise, Learning Environment, Data-Driven Practice, and  Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Starts on date of Orientation
Completion within 60 days of Orientation
 
Step 2 (Spring): Classroom Foundation Training (20-21 Cohort)
66+ Hours
 
Course
Classroom Management
Science of Teaching Reading
Instructional Design and Delivery

Science of Teaching Reading

Instructional Design and Delivery

Classroom Management

Start Date
March 24, 2020
April 2, 2020
April 21, 2020

 

June 2, 2020 (2nd offering)

June 17, 2020 (2nd offering)

 

July 14, 2020 (2nd offering)

Application Due Date*
March 10, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 7, 2020

 

May 19, 2020

June 3, 2020

 

June 30, 2020

 
Step 2 (Optional Training): EC-12 Special Education TExES Preparation (20-21 Cohort)
Online
 
Step 2 (Optional Training): Bilingual TExES Preparation (20-21 Cohort)
30 Hours
 
Course

BTLPT Preparation

Bilingual Supplemental

Start Date

TBA

Online

Application Due Date*

TBA

TBA

 
* Complete application includes: Passing TExES score reports, all University and College transcripts, application fee and if applicable TOEFL score report and Foreign Credential Evaluation of transcripts from outside US.
 
Step 3: Meeting Student Needs (20-21 Cohort)
39+ Hours
 

Training Dates:

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Training Times

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Step 4: Internship
48 Hours
 

19-20 Cohort - Training Dates

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020

 

20-21 Cohort - Training Dates

TBA

 

Training Times

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Training Times

TBA 
 


Early Childhood through Grade 6

  • Core Subjects EC-6



Grades 4-8

  • Core Subjects 4-8
  • English Language Arts & Reading
  • Dual Subject – English Language Arts & Social Studies
  • Dual Subjects – Math & Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

 

Grades 6-12

  • Physical Science
  • ROTC

 

Grades 7-12

  • English Language Arts & Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Social Studies

 

Grades EC-12

  • Special Education 
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Technology Applications
  • Theater
  • Spanish LOTE

 

Exams for Bilingual Certification (TOPP Training)

  • Bilingual Educational Supplemental
  • Bilingual certification requires EC-6 or 4-8 Core Subjects exam
  • In addition to passing the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT)

 

Supplemental Exams

  • English as a Second Language Supplemental

 

*Supported certification areas subject to change based on program staff expertise.