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RULE §232.21Provider Registration Requirements

(a) Procedures adopted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff require all pre-approved and all other continuing professional education (CPE) providers or sponsors to register with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) by submitting the relevant sections of the provider registration form designated by the TEA staff in order to accomplish any or all of the following, as applicable:

  (1) notify the TEA staff of the intent to offer CPE activities;

  (2) affirm compliance with all applicable statutes and rules;

  (3) prohibit discrimination in the provision of CPE activities to any certified educator;

  (4) document that each CPE activity:

    (A) complies with applicable SBEC rules codified in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7;

    (B) contributes to the advancement of professional knowledge and skills identified by standards adopted by the SBEC for each certificate;

    (C) is developed and presented by persons who are appropriately knowledgeable in the subject matter of the training being offered; and

    (D) specifies the content under §232.11 of this title (relating to Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours) and number of creditable CPE clock-hours; and

  (5) on a biennial or more frequent basis, conduct a comprehensive, in-depth self-study to assess the CPE needs and priorities of educators served by the provider as well as the quality of the CPE activities offered.

(b) At the conclusion of each activity offered for CPE credit, the provider or sponsor must provide to each educator in attendance written documentation listing, at a minimum, the provider's name and provider number, the educator's name, the date and content of the activity, and the number of clock-hours that count toward satisfying CPE requirements.

(c) All providers are required to maintain a list of CPE activities provided that includes a list of attendees, the date and content of the activity, and the number of clock-hours that count toward satisfying CPE requirements.

(d) The failure of the TEA staff to approve a provider or sponsor does not entitle that provider or sponsor to a contested-case hearing before the SBEC or a person designated by the SBEC to conduct contested-case hearings.

(e) The TEA staff shall develop procedures to receive and investigate complaints against a provider or sponsor alleging noncompliance with this section. If the investigation determines that the provider or sponsor is operating in violation of any applicable provision of state law or rule, the TEA staff may withdraw the approval granted under this section to the provider or sponsor.

Source Note: The provisions of this §232.21 adopted to be effective August 12, 2012, 37 TexReg 5764

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