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 Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§228.2, 228.10, 228.20, 228.30, 228.35, 228.40, 228.50, 228.60, and 228.70 and new 19 TAC §228.15 and §228.17 would include changes as the result of recent legislative changes, SBEC input, stakeholder input, and input received from staff at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Chapter 228 encompasses all the requirements that each educator preparation program (EPP) must provide to prospective teachers to ensure they are prepared sufficiently.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §§228.2, 228.10, 228.20, 228.30, 228.35, 228.40, 228.50, 228.60, and 228.70 and new 19 TAC §228.15 and §228.17 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 228 (PDF)

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Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§229.1-229.9 and the proposed repeal of 19 TAC §229.21 would include changes as the result of recent legislative changes, SBEC input, stakeholder input, and input received from staff at the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §§229.1-229.9 and the proposed repeal of 19 TAC §229.21 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 229 (PDF)

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Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter A, General Provisions; Subchapter B, General Certification Requirements; Subchapter D, Types and Classes of Certificates Issued; Subchapter E, Educational Aide Certificate; Subchapter F, Permits; Subchapter G, Certificate Issuance Procedures; and Subchapter H, Texas Educator Certificates Based on Certification and College Credentials from Other States or Territories of the United States

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§230.1, 230.11, 230.13, 230.31, 230.33, 230.35, 230.37, 230.41, 230.53, 230.71, 230.73, 230.75, 230.77, 230.79, 230.81, 230.83, 230.91, 230.93, 230.97, 230.101, 230.105, 230.111, and 230.113; new 19 TAC §§230.36, 230.63, 230.65, 230.104, and 230.107; and repeal of 19 TAC §230.15 and §230.39 would result from SBEC board input, stakeholder input, and input received from staff at the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §§230.1, 230.11, 230.13, 230.31, 230.33, 230.35, 230.37, 230.41, 230.53, 230.71, 230.73, 230.75, 230.77, 230.79, 230.81, 230.83, 230.91, 230.93, 230.97, 230.101, 230.105, 230.111, and 230.113; new 19 TAC §§230.36, 230.63, 230.65, 230.104, and 230.107; and repeal of 19 TAC §230.15 and §230.39 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter A (PDF)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter B (PDF)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter D (PDF)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter E (PDF)
Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter F (PDF)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter G (PDF)
Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter H (PDF)

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Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter D, Electives, Disciplinary Courses, Local Credit Courses, and Innovative Courses, Grades 6-12 Assignments, Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments, and Subchapter F, Special Education-Related Services Personnel Assignments

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§231.97, 231.241, 231.251, 231.257, 231.365, and 231.611 and proposed new 19 TAC §231.175 would identify the appropriate credential for placement in a particular teaching assignment, incorporate courses approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE), and provide guidance to districts on special education assignments.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §§231.97, 231.241, 231.251, 231.257, 231.365, and 231.611 and proposed new 19 TAC §231.175 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter D (PDF)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter E (PDF)
Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter F (PDF)

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Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 233, Categories of Classroom Teaching Certificates

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC §§233.5, 233.8, 233.10, and 233.14 would update the list of courses eligible to be taught with these certificates, identify any additional requirements to obtain certification, provide guidance to districts on special education assignments, and establish a new Dance: Grades 6-12 certificate.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §§233.5, 233.8, 233.10, and 233.14 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

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

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Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 247, Educators' Code of Ethics

Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §247.1 would make conforming changes to correctly refer to the titles of cross-referenced sections from 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §247.2 would implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and would make it a violation of the Educators' Code of Ethics for an educator to be intoxicated on school property or during school activities when students are present.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §247.1 and §247.2 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

Text of Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 247 (PDF)

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Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases, Subchapter B, Enforcement Actions and Guidelines, §249.14, Complaint, Required Reporting, and Investigation; Investigative Notice; Filing of Petition; and §249.17, Decision-Making Guidelines

Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §249.14(d) would conform the rule on superintendent reporting to SBEC with changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.006, as a result of House Bill (HB) 1783, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §249.14(h) would include inappropriate communications with a student and inappropriate educator-student relationships and boundaries to the behaviors by an educator toward students that qualify as "Priority 1" conduct for purposes of investigation priority, investigative notices, and sanction authority. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §249.17 would create a mandatory minimum sanction for an educator who tests positive for, possesses, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol on campus. The proposed amendment would also require permanent revocation for an educator who injures a student, but is not immune from disciplinary action.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins August 26, 2016, and ends September 26, 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 §249.14 and §249.17 at the October 7, 2016 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: August 5, 2016)
(Publication in August 26, 2016, issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: October 7, 2016)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: November 16-18, 2016)

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

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