Innovative Courses

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.

List of Approved Innovative Courses 2018-2019 (PDF)

Complete course descriptions 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 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)

Other Electives

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

 

TEA is currently accepting innovative course applications for the 2019–2020 school year.

A proposed innovative course cannot duplicate an existing TEKS-based or approved innovative course. Innovative course applications that are substantially similar to a TEKS-based course or a currently approved innovative course may be denied. Before submitting an application for an innovative course, please review the TEKS-based courses and the List of Approved Innovative Courses 2018–2019. You may discover that an existing TEKS-based course adopted by the SBOE or a currently approved innovative course will meet the needs of students in your district. TEKS-based courses can be found in 19 TAC, Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130. The following documents and resource will guide you through application process.

Innovative Course Application Instructions

Innovative Course Application

Innovative Course Application Tutorial

 TEA will review the applications in the order in which they are received. Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative course applications as soon as possible. The application timeline for innovative courses will be as follows:

Phase One: Applications received by January 11, 2019

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit all innovative course applications that will require the approval of the SBOE, i.e., courses that contain content that does not fall within the subjects of the foundation or enrichment curriculum during Phase One.
  • Applications requiring SBOE approval may be scheduled to go before the SBOE at the January/February 2019 meeting.
  • Applicants wishing to submit an application for an innovative course that requires the approval of the commissioner of education (i.e., courses that contain content that falls within the subjects of the foundation or enrichment curriculum) may also submit applications during Phase One.
  • Applications received by January 11, 2019, that require commissioner approval will receive a final determination by February 15, 2019.

Phase Two: Applications received by February 15, 2019

  • This is the final deadline to submit an innovative course application for the 2019–2020 school year.
  • Applications requiring SBOE approval will be scheduled to go before the SBOE at the April 2019 meeting.
  • Applications received by February 15, 2019, will receive a final determination by May 1, 2019. 

INNOVATIVE COURSES TIMELINE

Date

Phase

Description

January 11, 2019

Phase One applications due

  • Applications requiring SBOE approval may be scheduled to go before the SBOE at the January/February 2019 meeting. 
  •  Applications received by this deadline will receive a final determination by February 15, 2019.  
 

February 15, 2019

Phase Two applications due

  • Applications requiring SBOE approval will be scheduled to go before the SBOE at the April 2019 meeting. 
  •  Applications received by this deadline will receive a final determination by May 1, 2019.   
 

July 15, 2019

Approved list published

 

  • The updated approved Innovative Courses list, including PEIMS codes, will publish to the Innovative Course webpage.  

 

 

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 innovative.courses@tea.texas.gov