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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 89ADAPTATIONS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
SUBCHAPTER AACOMMISSIONER'S RULES CONCERNING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
DIVISION 5SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICE PERSONNEL
RULE §89.1131Qualifications of Special Education, Related Service, and Paraprofessional Personnel

(a) All special education and related service personnel shall be certified, endorsed, or licensed in the area or areas of assignment in accordance with 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), §300.156; the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.002, 21.003, and 29.304; or appropriate state agency credentials.

(b) A teacher who holds a special education certificate or an endorsement may be assigned to any level of a basic special education instructional program serving eligible students 3-21 years of age, as defined in §89.1035(a) of this title (relating to Age Ranges for Student Eligibility), in accordance with the limitation of their certification, except for the following.

  (1) Persons assigned to provide speech therapy instructional services must hold a valid Texas Education Agency (TEA) certificate in speech and hearing therapy or speech and language therapy, or a valid state license as a speech/language pathologist.

  (2) Teachers holding only a special education endorsement for early childhood education for children with disabilities shall be assigned only to programs serving infants through Grade 6.

  (3) Teachers certified in the education of students with visual impairments must be available to students with visual impairments, including deaf-blindness, through one of the school district's instructional options, a shared services arrangement with other school districts, or an education service center (ESC).

  (4) Teachers certified in the education of students with auditory impairments must be available to students with auditory impairments, including deaf-blindness, through one of the school district's instructional options, a regional day school program for the deaf, or a shared services arrangement with other school districts.

  (5) The following provisions apply to physical education.

    (A) When the ARD committee has made the determination and the arrangements are specified in the student's individualized education program (IEP), physical education may be provided by the following personnel:

      (i) special education instructional or related service personnel who have the necessary skills and knowledge;

      (ii) physical education teachers;

      (iii) occupational therapists;

      (iv) physical therapists; or

      (v) occupational therapy assistants or physical therapy assistants working under supervision in accordance with the standards of their profession.

    (B) When these services are provided by special education personnel, the district must document that they have the necessary skills and knowledge. Documentation may include, but need not be limited to, inservice records, evidence of attendance at seminars or workshops, or transcripts of college courses.

  (6) Teachers assigned full-time or part-time to instruction of students from birth through age two with visual impairments, including deaf-blindness, shall be certified in the education of students with visual impairments. Teachers assigned full-time or part-time to instruction of students from birth through age two who are deaf, including deaf-blindness, shall be certified in education for students who are deaf and severely hard of hearing.

  (7) Teachers with secondary certification with the generic delivery system may be assigned to teach Grades 6-12 only.

(c) Paraprofessional personnel must be certified and may be assigned to work with eligible students, general and special education teachers, and related service personnel. Aides may also be assigned to assist students with special education transportation, serve as a job coach, or serve in support of community-based instruction. Aides paid from state administrative funds may be assigned to the Special Education Resource System (SERS), the Special Education Management System (SEMS), or other special education clerical or administrative duties.

(d) Interpreting services for students who are deaf shall be provided by an interpreter who is certified in the appropriate language mode(s), if certification in such mode(s) is available. If certification is available, the interpreter must be a certified member of or certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the Texas Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI), Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS).

(e) Orientation and mobility instruction must be provided by a certified orientation and mobility specialist (COMS) who is certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals.


Source Note: The provisions of this §89.1131 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 7240; amended to be effective March 6, 2001, 26 TexReg 1837; amended to be effective August 1, 2002, 27 TexReg 3061; amended to be effective November 11, 2007, 32 TexReg 8129

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