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. A district does not need to apply to the agency to offer an approved innovative course.
Select one of the content areas below for a list of relevant innovative courses. Complete course descriptions are available for download. Course descriptions include the knowledge and skills for the course, suggested activities, suggested resources and materials, and approved educator certifications. The lists below have been updated as of July 1, 2018.
Career and technical education
Foundation (bilingual/ESL, English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, social studies)
Enrichment (fine arts, health, physical education, technology applications)
Organizations other than School Districts
Innovative courses are approved to meet certain endorsement requirements on the Foundation High School Program.
Expiring Innovative Courses
The following list of courses will expire at the end of the 2018-2019 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, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will open the application process to other interested districts.
List of Expiring Innovative Courses 2018-2019 (PDF, 89KB)
2019-2020 Course Approval Process
The innovative course application window for the 2018-2019 school year has closed. The application process for the 2019-2020 school year will open in late fall 2018. The application window will be announced via TEA Correspondence and the application and instructions will be posted to this page.
Questions related to innovative courses or the approval process, may be
directed to Kelsey Kling, Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division, by
phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.