Innovative courses allow districts to offer state-approved innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum (Texas Administrative Code [TAC] Section 74.27). The State Board of Education (SBOE) may approve any course that does not fall within any of the subject areas listed in the foundation and enrichment curricula. The commissioner of education may approve a course within the foundation or enrichment curriculum if the proposed course is academically rigorous and addresses documented student needs.
Approved Innovative Courses
With the approval of the local board of trustees, school districts and charter schools may offer any state-approved innovative course for state elective credit only. Innovative courses may not meet any other specific graduation requirement. A district does not need to apply to the agency to offer an approved innovative course. Innovative courses are approved to meet certain endorsement requirements on the Foundation High School Program.
Complete course descriptions and requirements are available for download from one of the content-area pages listed below. Course descriptions include the knowledge and skills for the course, suggested activities, suggested resources and materials, and approved educator certifications. The lists have been updated as of
August 9, 2022.
- Career and Technical Education
- Foundation (Bilingual/ESL, English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
- Enrichment (Fine Arts, Health, Physical Education, Technology Applications)
- Other Electives
- Organizations Other Than School Districts
2022-2023 Innovative Course Approval Process
The window to submit innovative course applications is currently closed. Please refer to the documents below for information in submitting an innovative course application. Updated documents will be posted when the application window opens again in October 2022.
- Innovative Course Application Instructions
- Innovative Course Application
- Innovative Course Evaluation Rubric
- Innovative Course Guidance and Examples for the Application Process
- Innovation Course Application Checklist
* applications for courses that do not fall within any of the subject areas listed in the foundation and enrichment curricula.
Questions related to innovative courses or the approval process may be directed to Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, by phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expiring Innovative Courses
The following is a list of courses will expire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The applicants who previously applied for the courses will be given the first opportunity to renew the courses. If a district chooses not to renew its application, TEA will open the application process to other interested districts. Please note that courses authored by a specific organization may be only renewed by that organization.
Questions related to innovative courses or the approval process, may be directed to Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, by phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at email@example.com.