School District Teaching Permits for Noncore Academic CTE Courses

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DATE:  September 1, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:  School District Teaching Permits for Noncore Academic CTE Courses

Since 1995, Texas law has allowed school districts to issue a school district teaching permit to someone who does not hold a teaching certificate subject to approval by the commissioner of education (Texas Education Code §21.055). The 84th Texas Legislature modified the law to allow school districts to issue school district teaching permits without approval by the commissioner of education for “noncore academic career and technical education (CTE) courses” beginning September 1, 2015 (TEC §21.055 (d-1)).  

Eligible Courses
Noncore academic CTE courses are CTE courses that are not eligible to satisfy foundation graduation course credit in mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies. This includes any CTE course not on the attached list.

Qualifications
A local board of trustees may issue the school district teaching permit for an individual teaching a noncore academic CTE course based on qualifications certified by the superintendent. Under the new law, the individual’s qualifications must include demonstrated subject matter expertise, such as:
•    professional work experience
•    formal training and education
•    relevant industry license, certification, or registration
•    any combination of work experience, training and education, or industry credential related to the subject matter he or she will be teaching.

A bachelor’s degree is not a requirement.

Criminal History
Before issuing a school district teaching permit to an individual, a district must ensure that the individual has completed the criminal background check in compliance with State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules mandated by TEC §22.0833 for a non-certified employee. The new law requires the superintendent to certify to the board of trustees that the individual has undergone a criminal history background check and is capable of proper classroom management.

Classroom Management Training
Individuals teaching under a school district teaching permit for noncore academic CTE courses must obtain at least 20 hours of classroom management training and must comply with any other continuing education requirements determined by the local board of trustees.

Required Notification
Once a school district issues a school district teaching permit for an individual teaching a noncore academic CTE course, that individual may begin teaching the assigned course(s). Promptly after employing the individual, the law requires the district to provide the commissioner with a written statement identifying the person, the courses he or she will teach, and his or her qualifications to teach the course. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will provide an integrated form to collect this information for individuals issued a school district teaching permit for noncore academic CTE courses (not subject to commissioner of education approval) and for all other courses (subject to commissioner of education approval).

Local districts should carefully consider the courses(s) the individual with a school district teaching permit will be teaching and ensure the individual has sufficient education and expertise to provide the instruction necessary to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the course(s). A teacher serving on a school district teaching permit is not certified by the State Board for Educator Certification and is not “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

School District Teaching Permits for Courses Other Than Noncore Academic CTE
School district teaching permits for courses other than noncore academic CTE remain available and are subject to approval by the commissioner of education. To be eligible for a school district teaching permit other than for noncore academic CTE courses, the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, he or she must have college credit relevant to the assigned course(s) as determined by the district and/or wage-earning experience relevant to the assigned course(s) as determined by the district.

A person is not eligible for a school district teaching permit for courses other than noncore academic CTE if he or she:
•    has or previously had a valid Texas teaching certificate or out-of-state teaching certificate;
•    has applied for a teaching certificate and the application has been denied;
•    has or once had a teaching certificate that has been sanctioned or revoked;
•    has taken but has not passed a Texas teacher certification exam(s); or
•    has a pending application for a SBEC teaching certificate.

A school district teaching permit is valid for classroom teaching assignments only and is not available for any other assignment, including:    
•    school counselor;
•    school librarian;
•    administrator;
•    any other professional assignment outside of classroom teacher; or
•    special education or bilingual education.

Application
If you are interested in applying for a school district teaching permit, please visit our school district teaching permit website. Inquiries regarding school district teaching permits may be sent via email to sdtp@tea.texas.gov.
 
Sincerely,



Ryan Franklin
Associate Commissioner
Educator Leadership and Quality

Attachment: Core Academic Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses