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Teacher Preparation & Certification Program (TPCP)

TPCP LogoAre you looking for a challenging, rewarding life-changing career? Do you have a passion for teaching?  Whether changing careers, returning to the work force, or just beginning your first job search, the Region 7 Teacher Preparation & Certification Program can be your path to the future. 

We provide a blend of face-to-face and online coursework to our participants. Our face-to-face courses are one Saturday a month (Sept.-May) and up to 12 days in June.


Region 7 TPCP will accept applications on the following dates:

January 27, 2020  to  March 31, 2020 

July 6, 2020  to  August 20, 2020

November 2, 2020  to  December 4, 2020


A non-refundable fee of $100.00 is required with this application. You may pay by check, money order or online: Region 7 Store

TPCP Application

Certification Areas

TPCP Calendar

Hinson & Hazlewood Loan Information

Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs

Complaint Policy


check  Due at Orientation -Pre-Assignment Preparation Fee & Technology Fee -- Upon program acceptance, the candidate must pay nonrefundable pre-assignment preparation fee $495.00and  nonrefundable $35.00 technology fee. Fees include books, online study, ASEP technology fee, and preparation sessions. 


red check Internship Fee -- The nonrefundable internship fee of $4725.00 will be paid on a monthly basis throughout the internship year.


Payments of $$393.75 per month begin the month after orientation.  When employed, the monthly fee based upon your balance at the time of hire, must be deducted from the intern’s monthly salary in 12 equal payments by the employing ISD during the internship year (first year of employment). 

  • TExES Content Exam  $116.00

    TExES PPR Exam $116.00

    Intern Certificate $78.00

    Standard Certificate $78.00

    Fingerprinting SBEC $57.00

    Out of Region Fee (Internship not in Region 7)  $500.00

    Extension Fees (If a teacher does not complete the program requirements in the 1st year, and has to extend into the 2nd year, or a 3rd year. Extension is a possibility, but not guaranteed). $200.00 each month, for 2nd year and $300.00 a month for the third year, until required items are completed.

  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board – College Access Loan:

    The College Access Loan Program provides alternative educational loans to Texas students who are unable to meet the cost of attendance.

    Texas Troops to Teachers:

    The Texas Troops to Teachers program is a federally funded program designed to assist retiring and separating military veterans to become teachers in their next careers. For more information about Troops to Teachers please contact: Texas Troops to Teachers office at 1-800-810-5484.

Step 1. Meet Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education (If you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university or are in your last semester and scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree, you are allowed to take a content test for purposes of admission into the alternative certification program).
  • 2.5 or higher overall on a four-point scale, or 2.75 GPA minimum for the last 60 hours
  • Clear background. Please view the criminal history tab above for additional information 

Out of Country applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees from institutions of higher education outside the United States, see Foreign Requirements.

Step 2. Pass TX PACT/TExES Content test (see tab above)

  • Passing score on a TX TExES Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) in the area of a teaching certification that Region 7 is approved to certify.  


Step 3. Turn in application

  • Official transcripts from all Universities attended, e-scripts are acceptable (for an email address, see "Contact Us")
  • Passing content score
  • References (the individual you chose as a reference may be mail, fax or email the form back to a name listed in “Contact Us”)
  • $100.00 application fee - You can pay online (at the Region 7 Store), by check or money order. 


Applications will NOT be processed without transcripts (we must have transcripts from ALL colleges that you attended), passing score on content, three references, and application fee.  TPCP Application


Step 4: Formal Interview

You will speak with the Department Director and/or Program Coordinator in regards to your application and your interests towards teaching.  An acceptance decision will be rendered, and you will be notified of your status.


Foreign Degree

If you earned your degree outside of the United States, you will need to submit the following in addition to the required documents for application.

  • TOEFL iBT score report - All four parts of the TOEFL iBT is required with an acceptable passing score on the Speaking portion of 24, the Listening portion of 22, the Reading portion of 22, and the Writing portion of 21.

The countries listed below have been approved by the State Board of Educator Certification to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement specified in 19 TAC 230.11(b)(5)(C). To be exempted from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) testing requirement specified in 19 TAC 230.11(b)(5)(B), a certification candidate must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution of higher education on the SBEC-approved list of countries.

Country Country
American Samoa Gibraltar
Anguilla Grand Cayman
Antigua and Barbuda Grenada
Australia Guyana
Bahamas Jamaica
Barbados Liberia
Belize Nigeria
Bermuda Saint Kitts and Nevis
British Virgin Islands Saint Lucia
Cayman Islands Trinidad/Tobago
Canada (except Quebec) Turks and Caicos
Dominica United Kingdom
Gambia U.S. Pacific Trust

Register for TX PACT (TExES ) ExamPreparation materials are available for every exam.

As a service, TEA will provide a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation for a non-refundable fee. 

You are eligible to request a Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation if:

  • You 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.

You are not eligible for a preliminary evaluation of your criminal history if you do not have a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.

For more information review the FAQs for the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation.

Certification Renewal

Already Certified and need to keep your current certificate active?

An educator with a standard certificate in Texas is required to renew his or her standard certificate(s) every five years. Renewal requires 150 clock hours of Continuing Professional Education. For more information visit the TEA website


Contact Us

Brian Ralson, M.Ed.
Education Certification, Leadership Coordinator
(903) 988-6781

Donna Copeland
Educator Certification Technician
(903) 988-6836


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