This page provides information to educator preparation programs (EPPs). Students looking for information on approved EPPs should visit Consumer Information about Educator Preparation Programs
Educator Preparation Curriculum
Principal Certification Redesign
TEA is redesigning Texas’ principal certification standards and corresponding tests. For more information, visit the Principal Certification Redesign homepage.
Mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide training
Effective December 27, 2016, 19 TAC §228.30(c)(3) requires educator preparation programs to provide instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide to candidates seeking initial certification in any certification class. The mental health instruction must include effective strategies for teaching and intervening with students with mental or emotional disorders, including de-escalation techniques and positive behavioral interventions and supports. The resources listed below have been recommended to meet these requirements. Other programs that meet the criteria for 19 TAC §228.30(c)(3) can be found at the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs Practices (https://www.samhsa.gov/nrepp) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/strategic-planning/finding-programs-practices).
Texas Behavior Support Initiative Training (Mental Health) - https://www.escweb.net/tx_esc_04/ (type TBSI in search bar)
The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of positive behavior interventions and supports for all students, including those with disabilities. While the TBSI training meets legislative requirements related to procedures for the use of restraint and time-out, it also provides a framework for sharing a wide range of foundation-level behavior strategies and prevention-based school-wide, classroom, and individual interventions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training (Substance Abuse) - https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/take-a-course/course-types/youth/
MHFA is an 8-hour face-to-face course that trains participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training includes: risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems; information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders; a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis; and where to turn for help – professional, peer, and self-help resources. MHFA teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
At-Risk (Kognito) Training (Suicide Prevention) - https://texas.kognito.com
At-Risk is a one hour online training for Elementary, Middle School, and High School educators. This online, interactive professional development program uses virtual role-play to help school faculty, staff, and administrators learn common signs of psychological distress and how to approach an at-risk student for referral to the school counselor.
Dyslexia: Characteristics, Identification, and Effective Strategies
Information regarding an online course that meets the requirements for House Bill 157. The online course includes the history of dyslexia, district requirements, procedures, statistics, recognizing the signs of dyslexia, intervention strategies as well as options for parents of students with dyslexia can be found here.
State Board for Educator Certification
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995 to recognize public school educators as professionals and grant educators the authority to govern the standards of their profession. The SBEC oversees all aspects of the preparation, certification, and standards of conduct of public school educators.
All EPPs must follow the requirements of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). These rules are developed by the SBEC and approved by the State Board of Education.
The TEA Division of Educator Preparation and Program Accountability monitors and supports EPPs for quality. EPPs are responsible for implementing current rules, content, and best practices as they prepare future educators.
TEA Educator Preparation / EPP Collaboration
The SBEC is statutorily authorized to appoint members of advisory committees.
The Educator Preparation Advisory Committee, which is appointed by the SBEC, provides input and guidance on EPP matters. If you are interested in serving on this committee, fill out and return an Advisory Committee Member Application Form (PDF, 176 KB).
The Division of Educator Preparation and Program Accountability periodically convenes committees of educators and educator preparation staff to participate in the development of content standards and certification tests. Interested persons may submit an Educator Certification Committee Application. (PDF, 177 KB)
Applications and Matrices
To become a new EPP, or to add new certification fields or classes to existing EPPs, a program administrator must submit one of the applications detailed below.
New Program Application
An entity that wants to become a new EPP must submit a formal proposal to TEA staff and pay a non-refundable application fee (fee information is listed below). Payment of fees does not guarantee approval to operate. Final approval of a new EPP is made by the SBEC.
TEA offers new applicant workshops twice a year to help aspiring EPPs with the formal proposal process. At the workshop, TEA staff provides detailed information on completing each section of the proposal. The meeting is free, but a reservation is required. Please contact Lorrie Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and more information.
New Certification Fields and Classes
An EPP rated "accredited" by TEA may apply to offer new certification fields, classes, or clinical teaching by submitting the appropriate documents to Lorrie Ayers at email@example.com. The addition of new classes requires approval by the SBEC. Please contact Lorrie Ayers for application materials.
Application for Out-of-State Clinical Teaching, Internship or Field-Based Experience
An approved Texas EPP may apply to offer clinical teaching, internship or field-based experience in another state or in a U.S. territory by submitting an application to TEA staff. Please submit completed applications to Lorrie Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out-of-State Application for Clinical Teaching or Internship (PDF, 173 KB)
Out-of-State Application for Field-Based Experiences (PDF, 173 KB)
An approved Texas EPP may apply to offer clinical teaching in another country at a school recognized by the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Schools by submitting an application to TEA staff. Please submit completed applications to Lorrie Ayers at email@example.com.
Out-of-Country Application for Clinical Teaching (PDF, 160 KB)
Application for Out-of-State Practicum
An approved Texas EPP may apply to offer a practicum experience for certification classes other than teacher in another state or in a U.S. territory by submitting an application to TEA staff. Please submit completed applications to Lorrie Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org. A practicum may not be completed out-of-country unless it is completed at a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school.
Out-of-State Practicum Application (PDF, 173 KB)
The table below lists required fees for new programs and for the addition of new certification fields and classes. For more information about these fees, see TAC §229.9. All fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted. Payment of fees does not guarantee approval of applications. Please send payment to:
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
New Certification Field
New Certification Class
New Educator Preparation Program
Reporting and Accountability
EPP staff must submit data to the TEA for the Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) and to the U.S. Department of Education for the Title II Institution and Program Report Card (IPRC).
The ASEP data required by TAC Chapter 229 includes information about:
- The number of persons that apply to the EPP
- The numbers of candidates admitted, enrolled, and completing the EPP
- The GPA of candidates admitted to the EPP
- The certification fields candidates are pursuing
- The frequency and duration of field observations
The TEA produces a manual with information and instruction regarding ASEP reporting. Please see Forms and Documents for a copy of the ASEP Manual. The accountability system will evolve in the coming years based on changes to TAC Chapter 229. Please refer to the Chapter 229 ASEP Timeline.
The IPRC data required by the U.S. Department of Education includes information about:
- The number of candidates enrolled and completing the EPP
- Admission and exit requirements of the EPP
- The kinds of support the EPP provides to candidates
- The kinds of certifications candidates pursue with the EPP
Two contractors help collect Title II data - Westat and ETS. Information on Title II data collection is available at https://title2.ed.gov. Information regarding reporting candidates to ETS for pass rate calculation purposes is available at https://tlcs.ets.org.
Timeline for Reporting
Data is generally reported according to the following schedule:
- September 15 – Submit required ASEP data to the TEA
- November – Submit required data to ETS to calculate pass rates
- April 30 – Submit IPRC data to the U.S. Department of Education contractor (Westat)
- June – Review IPRC data
Questions regarding data, reporting and accountability should be directed to Dr. Mark Olofson at email@example.com.
To register for Division of Educator Preparation and Program Accountability webinars for approved EPPs, please contact your Program Specialist. Please see Forms and Documents for a Program Specialist assignment list.
Exit Survey Data
Principal Survey Data
Pass Rate Data
Forms and Documents
- Continuing Approval Review Handbook 2017-2018 (PDF, 747 KB)
- Webinar - Preparing for the Continuing Approval Desk Review 2017-2018 (PPT, 10789 KB)
- FAQ's for Webinar Preparing for the Continuing Approval Desk Review 2017-2018 (PDF)
- 2017-2018 ASEP Technical Manual (PDF, 3,902 KB) updated December 2017
- 2018 GPA Spreadsheet Data Dictionary (PDF, 673 KB) updated December 2017
- 2014-2015/2015-2016 Manual (PDF)
- 2018 GPA Spreadsheet (EXCEL,45 KB) updated December 2017
- 2017 Observations Exception Letter (WORD, 19 KB)
- 2017 Test Approval Exception Letter (WORD, 19 KB)
- Affidavit Form (WORD, 25 KB)
- TEA Candidate Transfer Form (WORD, 20 KB)
- Sample Complaint Policy (WORD, 37 KB)
- Program Specialist Assignments (PDF, 48 KB)
- 2016-2017 ASEP Reporting Webinar (PDF, 294 KB)
- 2016-2017 ASEP Reporting Webinar Q&A (PDF, 42 KB)
- Form and Function Webinar (PDF, 16 MB)
- Form and Function Webinar Recording (MP4 Video, 101250 KB)
- Reporting and Accountability Webinar (PPT, 2905 KB)
- Reporting and Accountability Webinar Recording (MP4 Video, 31021 KB)
- Clinical Teaching Exception Request Information (PDF, 54 KB)
- GRE Equivalents (PDF, 17 KB)