Skip Navigation
TOPP - Getting Started
Teacher Orientation & Preparation Program (TOPP) Logo
  • Applications Checklist

    Part 1: Pass the TExES exam

    Part 2: Submit online application

    Part 3: Submit all transcripts for review

    Part 4: Haberman online teacher pre-screener interview

    Part 5: Acceptance letter

    Part 6: 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 confirmed or in the last semester of college
    • 2.5 GPA cumulative in undergraduate coursework or within the last 60 hours
    • Passing score on a TExES exam – PACT (Pre-Admission Content Area Test)
    • 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)

    To register for a PACT, watch this video for instructions:

    • Go to
    • Click on “Register” at the top of the page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “New User”
    • Click on “no TEA ID” on the right side of the page
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “pre-admission content test (PACT)”
    • Fill out profile, click next and follow the onscreen directions to register for a test
    • If you already have a TEA ID #, you will need to contact ETS at 1-800-205-2626


    Preparing for the exams:

  • For degrees conferred outside of the U.S.:

    You are required to have a complete transcript review by an approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Service.



    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.


    Submit transcripts, transcript evaluation, and passing TOEFL scores to

    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


    • $1,600 for teacher certification program
    • $6,500 for administrative certification program

Copyright © 1985-2017. All rights reserved.