Educator Preparation Program Observations

This page presents the minimum required number of observations as codified in 19 TAC §228.35. The table below provides a simplified presentation of the minimum number of observations based on the candidate’s assignment and type of experience. The assignment type is used by educator preparation programs (EPPs) to report observations in the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).

Assignment Type

Type of Clinical Experience

Minimum Required Number of Observations

  Internship  
INT First-year internship under an intern certificate with one assignment 5
First-year internship under an intern certificate with two assignments (not concurrent) 6
     
PRO First or second-year internship under probationary certificate with one assignment 3
First or second-year internship under probationary certificate with two assignments (not concurrent) 4
     
PROX Second or third-year internship under probationary extension certificate with one assignment 3
Second or third-year internship under probationary extension certificate with two assignments (not concurrent)  4
     
  Clinical Teaching  
CLIN 14-week full-day clinical teaching with one assignment 3
14-week full-day clinical teaching with two assignments (not concurrent) 3
28-week half-day clinical teaching with one assignment or  4
A full-day clinical teaching assignment that exceeds 14 weeks and extends beyond one semester 4
     
CLINEXC Clinical teaching exception approved by the SBEC Per approved exception
     
  Practicum  
NONTCH Practicum for non-teacher candidates 3

For more information about requirements for formal observations and the timing of observations throughout the clinical experience, please see 19 TAC §228.35.