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.    

2014-2015 Expiring Courses

A list of all courses that will expire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year is now available. 

2015-2016 Course Application

To renew an expiring course or to apply for a new innovative course, districts must submit the 2015-2016 Innovative Course Application no later than February 27, 2015. Applicants may expect notification of the final status of their applications approximately 30 calendar days following receipt of the completed application.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. 


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


Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581