|(a) New Entity Approval. An entity seeking initial
approval to deliver an educator preparation program (EPP) shall submit
an application and proposal with evidence indicating the ability to
comply with the provisions of this chapter and Chapter 227 of this
title (relating to Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates).
The proposal shall include the following program approval components:
entity commitment to adequate preparation of certification candidates,
program standards, and community collaboration; criteria for admission
to an EPP; curriculum; program delivery and evaluation; and a plan
for ongoing support of the candidates. The proposal must also identify
the certificates proposed to be offered by the entity and meet applicable
federal statutes or regulations. The proposal will be reviewed by
the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff and a pre-approval site visit
will be conducted. The TEA staff shall recommend to the State Board
for Educator Certification (SBEC) whether the entity should be approved.
(b) Continuing Entity Approval. An entity approved
by the SBEC under this chapter shall be reviewed at least once every
five years under procedures approved by the TEA staff; however, a
review may be conducted at any time at the discretion of the TEA staff.
At the time of the review, the entity shall submit to the SBEC a status
report regarding its compliance with existing standards for EPPs and
the entity's original proposal.
(c) Approval of Clinical Teaching for an Alternative
Certification Program. An alternative certification program seeking
approval to implement a clinical teaching component shall submit a
description of the following elements of the program for approval
by the TEA staff:
(1) general clinical teaching program description,
including conditions under which clinical teaching may be implemented;
(2) selection criteria for clinical teachers;
(3) selection criteria for mentor teachers;
(4) description of support and communication between
candidates, mentors, and the alternative certification program;
(5) description of program supervision; and
(6) description of how candidates are evaluated.
(d) Addition of Certificate Fields.
(1) An EPP that is rated "accredited," as provided
in §229.4 of this title (relating to Determination of Accreditation
Status), may request additional certificate fields be approved by
TEA staff, by submitting the curriculum matrix; a description of how
the standards for Texas educators are incorporated into the EPP; and
documentation showing that the program has the staff knowledge and
expertise to support individuals participating in each certification
field being requested. The curriculum matrix must include the standards,
framework competencies, applicable Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills,
course and/or module names, and the benchmarks or assessments used
to measure successful program progress. An EPP rated "accredited,"
as provided in §229.4 of this title, and currently approved to
offer a content area certificate for which the SBEC is changing the
grade level of the certificate may request to offer the preapproved
content field at different grade levels by submitting a modified curriculum
matrix that includes the standards, course and/or module names, and
the benchmarks or assessments used to measure successful program progress.
The requested additional certificate fields must be within the classes
of certificates for which the EPP has been previously approved by
the SBEC. An EPP that is not rated "accredited" may not apply to offer
additional certificate fields or classes of certificates.
(2) An EPP that is rated "accredited" may request the
addition of certificate fields in a class of certificates that has
not been previously approved by the SBEC, but must present a full
proposal for consideration and approval by the SBEC.
(e) Addition of Program Locations. An EPP that is rated
"accredited," as provided in §229.4 of this title, may open additional
locations, provided the program informs the SBEC of any additional
locations at which the program is providing educator preparation 60
days prior to providing educator preparation at the location. Additional
program locations must operate in accordance with the program components
under which the program has been approved to operate.
(f) Contingency of Approval. Approval of an EPP by
the SBEC or by the TEA staff, including each specific certificate
field, is contingent upon approval by other lawfully established governing
bodies such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, boards
of regents, or school district boards of trustees. Continuing EPP
approval is contingent upon compliance with superseding state and
|Source Note: The provisions of this §228.10 adopted to be effective July 11, 1999, 24 TexReg 5011; amended to be effective October 12, 2003, 28 TexReg 8608; amended to be effective August 9, 2007, 32 TexReg 4755; amended to be effective December 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 10016; amended to be effective October 27, 2014, 39 TexReg 8388