Adopted State Board for Educator Certification Rules - Subject to SBOE Review

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) has adopted the following rule actions subject to the State Board of Education (SBOE) review required by the Texas Education Code, §21.042. If the SBOE reviews and takes no action on a rule, the agency will file it with the Texas Register and determine a future effective date. You can view rules that have been filed with the Texas Register and are awaiting their effective dates on the page Adopted State Board for Educator Certification Rules - Not Yet Effective.

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The SBEC agenda provides detailed information on these rules.


Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §230.21 and §230.25 would implement the requirement from the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, to enforce a limit of five attempts on any certification examination, unless the SBEC approves an additional attempt based on an individual's demonstration of good cause. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §230.21 and §230.25 would also implement a clarification from the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, that the commissioner of education approves the satisfactory level of performance required for certification examinations and would reflect input received from the SBEC, stakeholders, and Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §230.21 was adopted, subject to SBOE review, with changes. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §230.25 was adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: April 15, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: July 19-22, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: August 28, 2016)

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter C (PDF)


Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter B, Prekindergarten-Grade 6 Assignments, Subchapter C, Grades 6-8 Assignments, Subchapter D, Electives, Disciplinary Courses, Local Credit Courses, and Innovative Courses, Grades 6-12 Assignments, and Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§231.5, 231.11, 231.77, 231.91, 231.209, 231.253, 231.257, 231.333, 231.335, 231.337, 231.481, 231.483, 231.489, and 231.579 would clarify the appropriate credential for placement in a particular teaching assignment and implement applicable requirements from the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§231.5, 231.77, 231.91, 231.209, 231.253, 231.257, 231.333, 231.335, 231.337, 231.481, 231.483, 231.489, and 231.579 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §231.11 was adopted, subject to SBOE review, with changes.

(SBEC Adoption: February 12, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: April 5-8, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: May 15, 2016)

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter B (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter C (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter D (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter E (PDF)


Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§232.7, 232.9, 232.11, 232.13, 232.15, 232.17, 232.19, 232.21, and 232.23 would implement the requirement from the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, to allow educators to receive credit for completion of an instructional course on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and would further clarify certificate renewal and continuing professional education (CPE) requirements. The proposed repeal of 19 TAC §232.27 would further clarify certificate renewal and CPE requirements. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§232.7, 232.9, 232.11, 232.21, and 232.23 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with changes. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§232.13, 232.15, 232.17, and 232.19 and proposed repeal of 19 TAC §230.27 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: April 15, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: July 19-22, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: August 28, 2016)

Text of Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 232 (PDF)


Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 233, Categories of Classroom Teaching Certificates

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§233.1, 233.3-233.5, 233.7, 233.10, 233.14, and 233.15 would update the list of classroom certificates that either are eligible for issuance or that would continue to be recognized if they were issued prior to being phased out. Proposed new 19 TAC §233.17 would establish a new Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps: Grades 6-12 certificate. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§233.1, 233.3-233.5, 233.7, 233.10, 233.14, and 233.15 and proposed new 19 TAC §233.17 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: February 12, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: April 5-8, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: May 15, 2016)

Text of Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 233 (PDF)


Adopted New 19 TAC Chapter 234, Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans

Summary: Proposed new 19 TAC §§234.1, 234.3, 234.5, and 234.7 would address recent legislation, consolidate rules specific to the military community into one chapter, and streamline future military-related rulemaking opportunities. Proposed new 19 TAC §§234.1, 234.3, 234.5, and 234.7 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: April 15, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: July 19-22, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: August 28, 2016)

Text of Adopted New 19 TAC Chapter 234 (PDF)


Adopted Repeal of and New 19 TAC Chapter 241, Principal Certificate, §241.15, Standards Required for the Principal Certificate

Summary: The proposed new section would update the standards required for principal certification, including those standards taught by principal preparation programs and tested on the state certification examination, and align the standards with the commissioner of education's principal appraisal standards. The proposed repeal of and new 19 TAC §241.15 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: April 15, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: July 19-22, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: August 28, 2016)

Text of Adopted Repeal of 19 TAC §241.15 (PDF)
Text of Adopted New 19 TAC §241.15 (PDF)


Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases, Subchapter A, General Provisions, §249.5, Purpose; Policy Governing Disciplinary Proceedings; Subchapter B, Enforcement Actions and Guidelines, §249.15, Disciplinary Action by State Board for Educator Certification, and §249.17, Decision-Making Guidelines; and Subchapter D, Hearing Procedures, §249.35, Disposition Prior to Hearing; Default

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§249.5, 249.15, 249.17, and 249.35 would create more specific penalty guidelines for Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff to follow in settling or prosecuting educator discipline cases. In addition, the proposed amendments would set out the process that the SBEC will use when the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) dismisses and remands a case in accordance with Texas Government Code, §2001.058(d-1), as amended by House Bill (HB) 2154, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, after a respondent fails to appear for a contested case hearing. The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§249.5, 249.15, 249.17, and 249.35 were adopted, subject to SBOE review, with no changes from what was published as proposed.

(SBEC Adoption: February 12, 2016)
(SBOE Review Date: April 5-8, 2016)
(Projected Effective Date: May 15, 2016)

Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapter A (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapter B (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapter D (PDF)