Pick the right focus for you.

In Texas, students must select an endorsement – an area of focus for their high school coursework – before ninth grade. Depending what your high school offers, you may be able to choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Business and Industry, Arts and Humanities, Public Service, or Multidisciplinary Studies.

Texas OnCourse is here to help you not only select an endorsement, but use it to get where you want to go.

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Learn what you need for your future career.

The key to getting your dream job is getting the right education. Texas students get to start focusing their classes in the ninth grade! Learn which endorsement(s) will get you where you want to go.

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Hear about a future you’ve never dreamed.

So far, you probably know about the jobs you’ve seen people around you do. You know teachers and doctors. But do you know consultants? Do you know actuaries? Your perfect job may be out there and you haven’t even heard of it yet! Learn what education pathway will get you there.

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Make this big decision fun!

Our MiddleGalaxy game takes you on a mission into space. But it also teaches you about careers along the way! Play this fun game on your computer, phone, or tablet, and use what you learn to choose an endorsement.

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Put big choices into action.

Once you pick your endorsement, you have to build your high school personal graduation plan. That’s a list of goals and courses you will tackle in high school. MapMyGrad makes planning for graduation easy.

Important Dates and Deadlines

DEC-
JAN

GRADE 8

Prep for personal graduation planning and high school registration

JAN

GRADE 8

Choose your endorsement!

FEB

GRADE 8

Select your courses for next year!

All Resources for Endorsements

Middle School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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High School Endorsements and Career Paths
ENDORSEMENTS

Prepare students to select high school endorsements with labor market and career information.

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Early High School

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
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The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
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Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

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ACT vs SAT
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Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

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MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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