Organization of the Texas OnCourse Academy:

Use the Texas OnCourse Academy to improve your practice, continuously learn, and become more confident in your abilities. The Academy provides comprehensive training for college and career advising across 4 content areas: financial aid, career pathways, postsecondary pathways, and specialties.

The 4 content areas include 16 competencies, which are broken down into 26 topics or modules. Users receive Competency Badges for completing all modules in a competency area, and Master Badges for completing all competencies in a content area. Each competency consists of one or more modules.

Content Area: Financial Aid

Competency: Financial Aid: Foundational Knowledge

  • Module: Basic Principles of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Process

  • CSS Profile

Scholarship Application Process

  • Scholarship Applications
  • National Merit Scholarship Program

College Cost

  • College Finances

Content Area: Postsecondary Pathways

Competency: Postsecondary Pathways: Foundational Knowledge

  • Module: Advising All Students to Be College Ready

Admission and Application Process

  • ApplyTexas
  • Common Application (Common App)
  • NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers
  • Coalition Application
  • Military Academy Applications

Entrance and Placement Exams

  • SAT
  • ACT

Postsecondary Research

  • Researching Postsecondary Options

Content Area: Career Pathways

Competency: Career Pathways: Foundational Knowledge

  • Module: Basic Principles of Career Pathways

Career Exploration

  • Career Assessments

Academic Planning

  • High School Personal Graduation Plan 
  • Career Clusters, Pathways, and Endorsements

Career Planning

  • Career Outlook

Career Learning Experience

  • Work-Based Learning (WBL) Experiences

Content Area: Specialties

Competency: Transition Advising

  • Module: Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

Advising Highly Mobile Populations

  • Advising Highly Mobile Students

Middle School College and Career

  • Starting Early: College and Career Readiness in Middle School