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 proposed rules with open public comment periods.

PROPOSED RULES WITH CLOSED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS

Proposed Repeal of and New 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs
Summary: The proposed repeal of and new 19 TAC Chapter 228 would reorganize the chapter to allow for improved readability; would implement legislation; and would include technical updates to remove outdated provisions; would incorporate components of the Effective Preparation Framework and provisions specific to the Residency Certificate; and would reflect stakeholder feedback to further strengthen the rules.
Resumen en Español: El nuevo capítulo 228 del título 19 del Código Administrativo de Texas (TAC) y la derogación propuesta reorganizarían el capítulo para permitir una mejor legibilidad; implementarían la legislación; incluirían actualizaciones técnicas para eliminar disposiciones obsoletas; incorporarían componentes del marco de preparación eficaz y disposiciones específicas del certificado de residencia; y reflejarían la retroalimentación de las partes interesadas para fortalecer aún más las normas.
Public Comment Period: December 29, 2023–January 29, 2024. The SBEC will also take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 16, 2024 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: February 16, 2024
State Board of Education (SBOE) Review Date: April 9-12, 2024
Projected Effective Date: September 1, 2024
Proposed Figure 19 TAC §228.13(f)
Proposed Figure 19 TAC 228.15(b)(1)

Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, Subchapter D, Types and Classes of Certificates Issued, and Subchapter G, Certificate Issuance Procedures
Summary: The proposed revisions would redefine pilot exam; specify the timeline by which a passing score on a certification exam can be used for certification purposes; decrease the number of days to request a test limit waiver after an unsuccessful examination attempt; update the figure specifying the required pedagogy and content pedagogy certification exams for issuance of the probationary or standard certificate; remove certificate categories and examinations that are no longer operational; establish an Enhanced Standard certificate and fees for the proposed teacher residency preparation route specified in proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs; and update the list of ineligible certification by examination certificates to include the proposed new Deafblind: Early Childhood-Grade 12 certificate. The proposed revisions would also include technical edits to comply with Texas Register formatting and style requirements.
Resumen en Español: Las modificaciones propuestas redefinirían el examen piloto; proporcionarían una edición técnica para armonizarse con los títulos de las subsecciones; especificarían el cronograma en el que una puntuación aprobatoria en un examen de certificación puede usarse con fines de certificación; disminuirían la cantidad de días para solicitar una exención del límite de exámenes después de un intento fallido de examen; actualizarían la figura que especifica los exámenes exigidos de certificación de pedagogía y de pedagogía de contenidos para la expedición del certificado probatorio o estándar; eliminarían exámenes y categorías de certificados que ya han dejado de aplicarse; establecerían un certificado de residencia y las tarifas asociadas; y actualizarían la lista de certificación inadmisible mediante certificados de exámenes con el fin de incluir el certificado para estudiantes sordociegos (primera infancia a 12.° grado).
Public Comment Period: December 29, 2023–January 29, 2024. The SBEC will also take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 16, 2024 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: February 16, 2024
State Board of Education (SBOE) Review Date: April 9-12, 2024
Projected Effective Date: May 19, 2024
Proposed Figure 19 TAC §230.21(e)

Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 233, Categories of Classroom Teaching Certificates
Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §233.2, Early Childhood; Core Subjects, would add five new core subjects-related certificates, and the proposed amendment to 19 TAC §233.8, Special Education, would add a new Bilingual Special Education Supplemental certificate.
Resumen en Español: Las modificaciones propuestas agregarían cinco nuevos certificados de materias básicas a la norma. Las modificaciones propuestas también añadirían un nuevo certificado de educación especial bilingüe a la norma, implementando las disposiciones especificadas en la legislación.
Public Comment Period: December 29, 2023–January 29, 2024. The SBEC will also take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 16, 2024 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: February 16, 2024
State Board of Education (SBOE) Review Date: April 9-12, 2024
Projected Effective Date: May 19, 2024

Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter A, School Counselor Certificate, §239.20, Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard School Counselor Certificate
Summary: The proposed amendment would implement the statutory requirement of Senate Bill (SB) 798, 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023, and would update the certificate issuance rules to remove the requirement that an individual must have two years of classroom teaching experience to receive a school counselor certificate.
Resumen en Español: La modificación propuesta implementaría el requisito estatutario de la Ley 798 del Senado, 88. ° Legislatura de Texas, sesión ordinaria, 2023, y actualizaría las normas de expedición de certificados con el fin de eliminar el requisito que establece que un individuo debe contar con dos años de experiencia docente en el salón de clases para recibir un certificado de consejero escolar.
Public Comment Period: December 29, 2023–January 29, 2024. The SBEC will also take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 16, 2024 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.
Earliest SBEC Adoption Date: February 16, 2024
State Board of Education (SBOE) Review Date: April 9-12, 2024
Projected Effective Date: May 19, 2024

Contact Information

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.