Proposed State Board for Educator Certification Rules


All proposed new rules, proposed amendments to existing rules, and proposed repeals approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and filed with the Texas Register are available here. You may submit public comments on proposed rules electronically to sbecrules@tea.texas.gov. Please specify in your message the rule actions to which your comments apply.

The SBEC agenda contains detailed information on these rules.

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Proposed 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.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins January 1, 2016, and ends February 1, 2016. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to sbecrules@tea.texas.gov. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on the proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapters B-E, at the February 12, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: December 11, 2015)
(Publication in the January 1, 2016 issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: February 12, 2016)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: April 6-8, 2016)

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

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapters B-E


Proposed 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.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins January 1, 2016, and ends February 1, 2016. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to sbecrules@tea.texas.gov. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on the proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 233 at the February 12, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: December 11, 2015)
(Publication in the January 1, 2016 issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: February 12, 2016)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: April 6-8, 2016)

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

Send a public comment on Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 233


Proposed 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.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins January 1, 2016, and ends February 1, 2016. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to sbecrules@tea.texas.gov. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on the proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§249.5, 249.15, 249.17, and 249.35 at the February 12, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: December 11, 2015)
(Publication in the January 1, 2016 issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: February 12, 2016)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: April 6-8, 2016)

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

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapters A, B, and D


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