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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 program for quality teacher preparation through the recruitment and training of high energy, passionate individuals.

     

    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
  • Step 1: Jump Start Online Training – $200

    • 80+ hours of interactive online courses
      • Self-paced program hours
    • 30 hours- Field Based Experience
      • 15 in-class hours actively engaged in instructional or educational activities 
      • 15 online hours of classroom observations

     

    Step 2: Classroom Foundation Training – $650 (Payment Plan Available)

    • 70+ hours of face-to-face instruction
    • Classroom management
    • Instructional design and delivery
    • Educator ethics
    • Reading foundations and strategies
    • ESL strategies
    • Test preparation to increase marketability (No additional cost)
      • Bilingual
      • EC-12 Special Education
      • English as a Second Language Supplemental

     

    Step 3: Student Needs Training – $650 (Payment Plan Available)

    • 60+ hours of face-to-face training + 6 summer Saturdays
    • Mental Health 
    • English language learners
    • Special populations

     

    Step 4: Paid Internship - $3,700 (Payment Plan Available)

    • Paid internship
    • Fee incurred upon obtaining full-time teaching position
    • Internship support:
      • Field Supervisor
      • Campus Mentor
      • Monthly face-to-face training (48 hours)

     

    Flexible Hours for additional training

    • Additional ESC-20 approved professional development 
    • ESC-20 Beginning Teacher Support – 24 hours

     

    Total Program Cost: $5,200

    • Step 2: Monthly payment plan option 
    • Step 3: Monthly payment plan option
    • Step 4 : 10, 11, or 12 monthly payment plan options
    • College Access Loan (CAL) information: http://tinyurl.com/zt6o22k
    • VA Rehab: http://www.va.gov/

     

    JROTC Opportunities

    • Become a certified teacher - $1600 
    • Become a certified administrator - $6500
  • 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

    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Technology Education
    • Physical Science
    • Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering
    • ROTC

     

    Grades 7-12

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


    Grades 8-12

    • Computer Science
    • Dance
    • Technology Applications

     

    Grades EC-12

    • Special Education (TOPP Training)
    • Art
    • Health
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Technology Applications
    • Theater
    • Spanish, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Japanese 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
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