Innovative Courses

Innovative Courses and Programs allow districts to offer state-approved innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum. (TAC Section 74.27The State Board of Education (SBOE) may approve any course that does not fall within any of the subject areas listed in the foundation and enrichment curricula. The commissioner of education may approve a discipline-based course in the foundation or enrichment curriculum if the proposed course is academically rigorous and addresses documented student needs. Applications for innovative courses are accepted annually by the Texas Education Agency.

Currently Approved Innovative Courses 

With the approval of the local board of trustees, school districts and charter schools may offer any state-approved innovative course for state elective credit. No application is required for a district or school to offer an approved innovative course.

For a complete listing, download the PDF document of all currently approved innovative courses. (PDF, 639KB). You may request course descriptions and requirements for each course from the contact person identified for each course.    

2015-2016 Expiring Courses

A list of all courses that will expire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year will be available Fall 2015. 

2015-2016 Course Application

The window for the 2015-2016 course application is closed. 

2016-2017 Course Application 

To renew an expiring course or to apply for a new innovative course, districts must submit an application to TEA.  The application for course approval for the 2016-2017 school year will be available in the late Fall 2015.

For questions related to innovative courses, please email the Curriculum Division at






Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581