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     Certification Areas

    Note: All supplemental subjects must be paired with a non-supplemental subject area for admission.



     What are my certification testing and preparation options?

    Just like in the classroom, we understand that every individual has a unique learning style and preference. The Dallas ISD AC Program is catered to fit your needs so that you can be successful in your endeavor to be a certified teacher in the state of Texas. We offer two pathways for educator success.

    The Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) pathway allows you to skip Phase I of the program and go straight into Phase II, which consists of Pre-Service Training designed to develop and equip you with research-based teaching techniques. To qualify for the PACT pathway applicants must take and pass the state subject exam for their desired certification area, before being admitted into the Dallas ISD AC Program.

    The Non-Pre-Admission Content Test (Non-PACT) pathway gives applicants intensive content test preparation through Phase I of the Dallas ISD AC Program. Progress is monitored with industry-standard assessments to optimize results and pave the way to passing scores on required state exams. Due to the rigor of the state exams, the Non-PACT pathway is only available to select certification areas.

     Certification Pathways

    What tests should I take for my certification area?

    Each certification area has specific subject tests associated with them, and some certification areas have several tests needed to satisfy state requirements. View the guide below for the tests needed to satisfy each certification area.

    Dallas ISD ACP Testing Guide


    What is the difference between Bilingual and ESL?

    In an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, students who speak many different languages are all taught by the same teacher. The teacher only speaks English and is not required to speak the native language of any members of the class. All teaching is done in English.

    In a Bilingual Education classroom, all the students in the class speak the same language. The teacher also speaks the language. The way that a bilingual education class generally works is that the teacher teaches in both English and the students' native language, eventually switching over to teaching only in English.


    What are the program cycle dates and timelines? 

    If you're interested in the specific dates concerning the Dallas ISD AC Program, please find the infographics below:

    It is imperative to note that PACT is not a test but the process for taking a content exam