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. The rule text on this page reflects what was approved as proposed by the SBEC. Rule actions will remain on this page until approved as adopted by the SBEC, subject to State Board of Education review.

You may submit public comments electronically using the form for commenting on proposed SBEC rules. If you have questions about the public comment process for proposed rulemaking, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact the TEA Rulemaking Unit at (512) 475-1497 or by email at sbecrules@tea.texas.gov.

The SBEC agenda contains detailed information on these proposed rules.

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

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs, 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 (TEA) staff recommendations.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins June 22, 2018, and ends July 23, 2018. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, at the August 3, 2018 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(Earliest Possible Date of Adoption by SBEC: August 3, 2018)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: September 14, 2018)
(Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2018)

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

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

Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 233, Categories of Classroom Teaching Certificates, 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 placed, and would establish consistent information related to the classroom certificates issued by the SBEC.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins June 22, 2018, and ends July 23, 2018. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, at the August 3, 2018 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(Earliest Possible Date of Adoption by SBEC: August 3, 2018)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: September 14, 2018)
(Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2018)

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 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 SBEC, 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.

Public Comment Period: A form for submitting public comments is available on the proposed rules web page of the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, at the August 3, 2018 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(Earliest Possible Date of Adoption by SBEC: August 3, 2018)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: September 14, 2018)
(Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2018)

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 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 TAC §§249.3, Definitions, 249.5, Purpose; Policy Governing Disciplinary Proceedings, and 249.15, Disciplinary Action by State Board for Educator Certification, 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 to the definitions of "solicitation of a romantic relationship" and to both the definition and general principle of 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 satisfactory evidence on which the SBEC can take disciplinary action, intended to comply with both the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 20 United States Code (USC), §7926, and Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.009(e), and currently proposed to be stricken from 19 TAC Chapter 247, Educators' Code of Ethics.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins June 22, 2018, and ends July 23, 2018. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, at the August 3, 2018 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(Earliest Possible Date of Adoption by SBEC: August 3, 2018)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: September 14, 2018)
(Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2018)

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

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Proposed 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 §250.1 would reflect a technical change that would update in rule relevant cross references to the state's Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program. The proposed amendment to §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.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins June 22, 2018, and ends July 23, 2018. The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on proposed amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 228, at the August 3, 2018 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(Earliest Possible Date of Adoption by SBEC: August 3, 2018)
(Earliest Possible Date for Review by State Board of Education: September 14, 2018)
(Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2018)

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

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