Teacher Certification FAQs
Is a test required to become a teacher?
Certification content TExES exams are required to be passed in order to be eligible to teach. In addition, completing a specific number of training hours and field-based experience must also be completed. After acceptance, candidates are provided a course plan and timeline to complete tasks towards certification.
What certifications do you support?
TOPP provides a variety of certifications to teach in elementary, middle school to high school. Certification being sought is dependent on a college degree and coursework. View a list of certifications areas.
How much time would I be investing to become a teacher?
Candidates on average take 15 - 18 months to complete the program. Due to state requirements, candidates must pass content exams and complete training hours. TOPP provides virtual/face-to-face trainings on evenings and dedicated Saturdays along with online training.
Can I still keep my current job as I prepare to become a teacher?
Definitely! Candidates are recommended to continue working in their current career until they begin their job as a teacher. TOPP provides training in the evenings and designated Saturdays to not conflict with job responsibilities.
Can I really get paid earning my certification?
Candidates will be provided pre-service training in which they will maintain working in their current careers. When employed with a school district, charter school or TEA accredited private school candidates will be employed as a teacher and receive a salary.
How soon can I start teaching?
The state of Texas has specific eligibility requirements which must be completed in order to be placed on an initial teaching certificate. This is a good thing! As teachers, we are developing the future in supporting students.
The sooner you can join the program the better to allow yourself time to prepare and pass content certification exams and training preparation.
How much does the program cost?
Dependent on the certification being sought the total fee is $5,595 or $6,145 for candidates seeking certification requiring the Science of Teaching Reading pre-requisite exam. TOPP provides monthly payment plans.
Science of Teaching Reading is an additional exam requirement for candidates seeking certification in Core Subjects EC-6 (elementary), Core Subjects 4-8 (middle school), English Language Arts Reading 4-8 (middle school), English Language Arts Reading & Social Studies 4-8 (middle school).
How soon can I start the program?
TOPP has application deadline dates. Joining the program sooner, provides you time to prepare for exams and obtain the necessary training. Preparing for content exams on average takes four months. Some certifications require more than one exam to be passed. The start of the new school year is right around the corner!
How can I find out more about the program?
Let us assist you on your journey to becoming an educator. Become a TOPP Teacher!
Attend a “FREE” Information Session: https://bit.ly/TOPPInvite
When are the deadline dates to apply to the program?
To become a teacher in the state of Texas, am I required to undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator?
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.
If I have a complaint regarding the program, what should I do?
If I am unable to resolve a concern with the Teacher Orientation and Preparation Program, what is the process for filing a complaint with the Texas Education Agency?