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Check out our criteria for choosing a program, schedule time with an expert for help, or review other resources below.

Find the perfect teacher preparation program.

The ABCs of TPPs

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Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start).

What’s a TPP?

A teacher preparation program (TPP) arms you with the skills and knowledge to teach in your chosen grade and subject. You need to meet certification requirements from a state-approved TPP to lead a classroom, and it all starts with choosing a program.

What’s the difference between attending a program and getting certified to teach?

Completing a teacher preparation program is the first of five steps to getting certified to teach in Texas. If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry, we’ll be with you the whole time.

What types of programs are there?

There are teacher preparation programs that cater to almost anyone’s life situation, but the most common are:

  • Undergraduate certification + Bachelor’s
  • Post-graduate, traditional certification
  • Post-graduate, alternative certification
  • Post-graduate, residency model

Head over to About Programs to learn more.

What criteria should I use when looking for an teacher preparation program?

Every program offers its own unique approach to teacher preparation, but you can still compare them. Key criteria that set programs apart include hands-on experience, preparation for diverse populations, mentoring and coaching, and commitment to improvement.

Check out Explore Programs to find your match.

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Explore Programs

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We partnered with 17 programs in Dallas-Fort Worth that are ready for you to discover. Check out our list to start your search. Each program profile overviews what to expect, program hallmarks like hands-on experience and preparation for diverse populations, and insider info from current students.

Application Deadlines

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Some programs have rolling deadlines, and others only accept applications a few times a year. Review all DFW teacher preparation program deadlines in one place. If you’re ready to apply, start an application checklist.

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Want some 1-on-1 advice? We’ve got you covered by phone, video and email (text coming soon!). Sign up to discuss your program options and get reminders when it comes time to make moves.

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  • Claim fee reimbursements towards application and testing expenses.

We’re always working on something new to help the next generation of great teachers. With an account, you get first dibs!

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