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.

Rule text is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available on the Adobe website, to access PDF files. If there are changes to the rule text since it was published as proposed, the changes are shown in red.

The SBEC agenda provides detailed information on these rules.


Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs

Summary: The proposed amendments would implement the statutory requirements of Senate Bills 7 and 1839 and House Bills 2039, 3349, and 1963, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. The proposed amendments would also implement changes based on stakeholder input and Texas Education Agency staff recommendations. The amendments were adopted, subject to State Board of Education review, with changes since published as proposed, based on public comment.

SBOE Review Date: September 14, 2018
Projected Effective Date: October 21, 2018

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228 (PDF)
Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 233, Categories of Classroom Teaching Certificates

Summary: The proposed amendments would implement legislation from the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, to establish new certificates for Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3 and Trade and Industrial Workforce Training: Grades 6-12; would specify procedures for an interested party to request an additional foreign language certificate; and would identify any additional requirements to obtain certification and/or be eligible to teach specific courses. Additional proposed amendments and technical changes would provide clarification for consistent application of these rules, would remove duplicative language specifying assignments into which certificate holders are eligible to be placed, and would establish consistent information related to the classroom certificates issued by the State Board for Educator Certification. The amendments were adopted, subject to State Board of Education review, with changes since published as proposed.

SBOE Review Date: September 14, 2018
Projected Effective Date: October 21, 2018

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 233
(PDF)
Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 247, Educators' Code of Ethics

Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §247.1 would add the definitions of "sexual harassment" and "under the influence of alcohol." The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §247.2 would make educators who act recklessly in diverting money for personal gain or misrepresenting the educator's employment history subject to discipline by the State Board for Educator Certification, would clarify language regarding an educator's illegal use of drugs, and would add a standard regarding educator-on-educator workplace sexual harassment. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §247.2 would also strike Standard 1.14 (a prohibition on assisting an educator with getting a new job when the educator had an inappropriate relationship with a student or minor) with the intent to move that provision to 19 TAC §249.15. The amendment was adopted, subject to State Board of Education review, with no changes since published as proposed.

SBOE Review Date: September 14, 2018
Projected Effective Date: October 21, 2018

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 247 (PDF)
Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases, Subchapter A, General Provisions, §249.3, Definitions, §249.5, Purpose; Policy Governing Disciplinary Proceedings; and Subchapter B, Enforcement Actions and Guidelines, §249.15, Disciplinary Action by State Board for Educator Certification

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§249.3, 249.5, and 249.15 would add language creating a legal presumption based on educators' violations of written directives from school administrators regarding the educator's behavior toward a student. This presumption would be included in the definition of "solicitation of a romantic relationship," and in the rules that define and address the term "unworthy to instruct or to supervise the youth of this state." The proposed amendments also would add the existing prohibition on assisting an educator with getting a new job when the educator had an inappropriate relationship with a student or minor to the list of reasons the State Board for Educator Certification can take disciplinary action. This provision is intended to comply with both the Every Student Succeeds Act, 20 United States Code, §7926, and Texas Education Code, §21.009(e), and proposed to be stricken from 19 TAC Chapter 247, Educators' Code of Ethics. The amendments were adopted, subject to State Board of Education review, with no changes since published as proposed.

SBOE Review Date: September 14, 2018
Projected Effective Date: October 21, 2018

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapter A (PDF)
Text of Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Subchapter B (PDF)
Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 250, Administration, Subchapter A, Purchasing, §250.1, Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program, and Subchapter B, Rulemaking Procedures, §250.20, Petition for Adoption of Rules or Rule Changes

Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §250.1 would reflect a technical change that would update in rule relevant cross references to the state's Historically Underutilized Business program. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §250.20 would implement legislation from the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, to update the petition form for adoption of rules or rule changes to require the petitioner to indicate that the petitioner meets one of the four definitions of an interested person. The amendments were adopted, subject to State Board of Education review, with no changes since published as proposed.

SBOE Review Date: September 14, 2018
Projected Effective Date: October 21, 2018

Text of Adopted Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 250 (PDF)