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Resources and Links

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.

Educator Preparation Programs Consumer Information



Teacher Candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator. You may request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation from TEA only if:

  • You are enrolled or planning to enroll in an educator preparation program or you are planning to take a certification exam for initial educator certification, and
  • 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.


Educator Code of Ethics 



The effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state can be located by selecting "teacher" on the Texas Labor Analysis Regional Occupational Profile website.


Information for Candidates for Teacher Certification



If you have a complaint regarding the Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program, it is suggested you contact your Education Consultant to discuss your concern. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached by working with your Education Consultant, it is suggested you contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your concern. If you are unable to resolve your concern with the Program Coordinator, you may request a complaint form from the Program Coordinator to be completed and submitted to TOPP. You may review the formal complaint process in the current Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program Handbook located on the Resources and Links page of this website.



If you are unable to resolve a complaint with the Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program the Texas Education Agency may be contacted by visiting the TEA Complaints Management page of the Texas Education Agency Website.


The College Access Loan (CAL) is available through www.hhloans.com
Information on eligibility: www.hhloans.com

  • TX PACT content exams are not used for certification, and are not subject to the five-time limit.
  • TX PACT content exam scores are valid for EPP enrollment purposes for one calendar year.
  • Exam fees for most TX PACT areas will be $106, and $56 for exams with subtests (e.g. American Sign Language and Essential Academic Skills, etc.) The Texas.gov fee will continue to be assessed.
  • All testing candidates will need a TEA ID number before registering with Pearson. The Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) for Educators that is accessed through TEAL will provide a TEA ID. For help with TEAL account access, please enter a request to TEAL Access through the TEA Help Desk.
  • If you have questions, please submit a ticket through the TEA Help Desk, or visit the Pearson Texas program website, www.tx.nesinc.com and click “Contact us.” 

Foreign Credential Evaluation

You are required to have a complete transcript review by a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.

Link: https://bit.ly/TEA_FCE

Mail the sealed, unexpired official foreign transcript evaluation* to:   

ESC, Region 20    c/o TOPP
1314 Hines Avenue 
San Antonio, Texas  78208

*TOPP will only accept official foreign transcript evaluations submitted to TOPP in the transcript evaluation company's sealed envelope or submitted to TOPP electronically by the transcript evaluation company. 


English Language Proficiency Requirement

Educators who apply for certification after October 22, 2017 are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements: 

    • Speaking 24
    • Listening 22
    • Reading 22
    • Writing 21
NOTE: These scores are only valid for two years from the date of testing. 
Submit transcripts, transcript evaluation, and passing TOEFL scores to [email protected]

Admission Criteria

2.5 GPA

Bachelor’s degree

Employed by a district as a JROTC instructor

Placed on a teaching permit by a school district


$1,975 for teacher certification program

  • $100 paid at Orientation
  • $1,875 paid in 6 monthly installments