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Preparation Program Institute Schedules

Enroll now and you can quickly be in your own classroom!

Preparation Program Institutes
are offered throughout the year!
To provide a safe environment for our candidates, Institutes are currently conducted via Zoom Conferencing.
Sessions are several evenings/wk + Saturday daytime sessions.  Class sizes are small and fill up quickly!  Enroll now for:

Summer 2024
Institute #1  June 4 - 27, 2024
Institute #2  July 9 - August 7, 2024

Fall 2024
Institute #1  August 21 - September 21
Institute #2  September 30 - November 2

Winter 2024-25
Institute #1  November 6 - December 14
Institute #2  January 6 - February 8, 2025

Applicants accepted into the Winter, Spring, & Summer 1 & 2 Institutes will be able to complete all three pre-service requirements:
Preparation Program Institute
30 Hrs Field-based Experience
Passing TExES Content Tests
in time to be hired for the 2024-25 school year.

Applicants accepted into the Summer 3 & 4, and Fall & Winter Institutes may be able to be hired at mid-term or be ready for the
Spring Job Fairs to be hired for the school year.

The STR Course is offered monthly.
The PPR Test Prep Course is offered monthly.
Registration is required.  RSVP at 214-267-2222.

Schedules in Austin are customized.  You can start at any time.
Call us at 214-267-2222 to plan your Institute schedule in Austin!

We may be able to customize for you too!
Contact Misty Clark at [email protected] for information & enrollment.

Contact Us!l!  214-267-2222  Better yet -- please email us.

Misty Clark – appointments, test prep schedule, VA, fees, & payments
[email protected]

Sara Green – Certification Officer
[email protected]

Dr. Bobette Dunn – Program Director
[email protected]

Remember . . .
The most important ingredient for student success
is the TEACHER!

ACT Dallas
8585 No. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 403
Dallas, TX 75247

Certification Areas

4-8 No matter what your major or the type of Bachelor’s Degree that you hold . . . ACT Dallas/Austin offers content and grade level certification for you to enter the classroom quickly – without any additional university coursework.


Certification Exam Retake Limit
Candidates are limited to 5 attempts to take a certification test. Any and all attempts prior to 9/1/2015 count as the first attempt.
Are you a JROTC Instructor seeking teacher certification?
JROTC is now available to JROTC Instructors who have a Bachelor's Degree.
TExES Tests Info and Registration are available at:

Submit your completed application and university transcript(s) (2.5 GPA) with appropriate coursework for the grade level and subject area you wish to teach.
Then you are all set to begin immediately!

DID YOU KNOW . . . we offer test prep resources for the PPR TExES #160?
RSVP now for the PPR test prep offered on Saturdays each month.
Reservations are required!  Contact [email protected]

DID YOU KNOW . . . we offer test preps for the ESL TExES #154 test?
Many school districts now require elementary and even middle school teachers to pass the ESL test.  Contact us for information.

DID YOU KNOW . . . we are now offering test preps for the STR test?
As of January 1, 2021, this test is required for the following certifications:
EC-6 & 4-8 Core Subjects, as well as 4-8 ELAR & 4-8 ELAR/SS
The STR test must be passed prior to hiring in these content areas.
STR = Science of Teaching Reading. TExES #293 test.
*STR virtual test preps consist of 2 parts.

The following TExES tests were replaced on January 1, 2022
291 EC-6 Core Subjects was replaced by #391
117 4-8 ELAR was replaced by 4-8 ELA #217
Certification for #391 & #217 require STR #293.

To RSVP & obtain test prep info, contact Misty Clark [email protected]
The PPR, ESL, & STR test preps are offered monthly and are free to ACT candidates/interns.
$75 fee for those not in the ACT program.

School Districts

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Austin area Schools & School Districts
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Austin area Charter Schools

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Texas is still experiencing a critical shortage of teachers.
Hiring is strong!  TEACH NOW!


Honors & Awards

Click the link below to see our current & previous Teachers of the Year Honors & Awards!

Honors & Awards 2023


Texas Education Agency

TExES Test Information & Registration

Need test prep resources?
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Info for applicants with foreign credentials:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) is offered online at
This test is required for applicants who obtained their Bachelor's Degree from a foreign country.
Reminder that if you graduated from a foreign university, you must have your transcript evaluated according to American university standards on a 4.0 GPA system.  Approved evaluation services at:

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