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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

    • 120+ 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
    • Reading foundations and strategies
    • ELPS Training
    • 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)

    • 40+ hours of face-to-face training - 1 week Institute  + 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 - $0 (No additional fee) 

    • Additional ESC-20 approved professional development 

    Total Program Cost: $5,200

    JROTC Opportunities

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

    Financial Assistance 

     

     

  • Step 1: Jump Start Online Training (20-21 Cohort)
    120  + Hours
    Starts on date of Orientation
    Completion within 60 days of Orientation
    Step 2 (Spring): Classroom Foundation Training (20-21 Cohort)
    70 + 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)
    40 + 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
    45 + 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

    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Technology Education
    • Physical Science
    • ROTC

     

    Grades 7-12

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


    Grades EC-12

    • Special Education (TOPP Training)
    • Art
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Technology Applications
    • Theater
    • Spanish, French,  Latin 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.
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