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.

During the proposed rule public comment period, you may submit public comments electronically using the public comment form. See proposals below for their comment periods.

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. For questions relating to Educator Preparation, Testing, Certification, and Investigations, please submit a TEA Help Desk ticket to the appropriate division.

The following links present the preamble filed with the Texas Register in PDF format. The preamble includes information describing the proposed rule action as well as the rule text. The PDF contains a bookmark that will allow you to navigate directly to the beginning of the rule text using the bookmarks feature of your PDF reader.

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The SBEC agenda contains detailed information on these proposed rules. 


PROPOSED RULES WITH OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Currently, there are no SBEC rules with open comment periods. 


PROPOSED RULES WITH CLOSED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates, Subchapter A, Admission to Educator Preparation Programs
Summary: The proposed amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 227, Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates, Subchapter A, Admission to Educator Preparation Programs, would update the subject-matter-only assessments to be used for the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT).
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 24, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020

19 TAC Figure: §227.10(a)(4)(C)


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 House Bill (HB) 18, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019; would provide specification for approval of teaching sites that are not Texas Education Agency (TEA)-accredited public schools; would provide guidance related to admitting and recommending candidates to programs that are closing or consolidating; would provide guidance for internships and clinical teaching in the summer; would add language for a dismissal policy for candidates; would simplify language relating to the reasons an educator preparation program (EPP) can stop supporting a candidate in an internship and the corresponding actions that must take place when a candidate leaves an internship; would provide clarification for the number of observations for practicums; and would provide clarification of and reorder provisions for technical formatting purposes throughout the rules.
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 24, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs, §228.1, General Provisions
Summary:
The proposed amendment would provide additional flexibility for educator preparation programs and candidates to fulfill educator preparation requirements related to clinical teaching, internships, and practicums when those assignments occur at least partially in virtual settings due to campus and district modifications in response to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Public Comment Period: June 26, 2020 - July 27, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 31, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, §230.21, Educator Assessment
Summary:
The proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, §230.21, Educator Assessment, would implement the statutory requirements in HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, that require that all educators who teach any grade level from Prekindergarten-Grade 6 demonstrate proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a certification examination beginning January 1, 2021. The proposed amendment would update the examination figure in 19 TAC §230.21(e) to specify the required examination(s) for issuance of the replacement certificates that reflect the science of teaching reading requirement. The proposed amendment would also provide clarification on relevant implementation dates for specific certification examinations.
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 24, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020

19 TAC Figure: §230.21(e)


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 the statutory requirements in HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, that requires that all educators who teach any grade level from Prekindergarten-Grade 6 demonstrate proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a certification examination beginning January 1, 2021. The proposed amendments would create four replacement certificates with corresponding requirements and deadlines for issuance: Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading: Early Childhood-Grade 6; Core Subjects with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4-8; English Language Arts and Reading with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4-8; and English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies with Science of Teaching Reading: Grades 4-8. Technical changes would also provide clarification and consistent information related to the classroom teacher certificates issued by the SBEC.
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 24, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020


Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 235, Classroom Teacher Certification Standards
Summary:
The proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 235, Classroom Teacher Certification Standards, would specify the new standards for the specialized Special Education and Bilingual Spanish certifications, as well as the DeafBlind supplemental certification. Additional changes would also implement the statutory requirements of HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, regarding the science of teaching reading standards applying to classroom teachers who teach through grade six; would provide implementation updates; and would reorganize current provisions to improve readability.
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020 - June 29, 2020
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: July 24, 2020
SBOE Review Date: September 10-11, 2020
Projected Effective Date: October 15, 2020


Contact Information

Rulemaking Unit
Phone: (512) 475-1497
Email: sbecrules@tea.texas.gov