Historical Rule for the Texas Administrative Code

RULE §228.10Approval Process

(a) New Entity Approval. Entities seeking initial approval to deliver educator preparation shall submit a proposal in accordance with guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff, 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 Students). The proposal must also identify the certificates proposed to be offered by the entity. The proposal will be reviewed under procedures approved by the TEA staff, and the TEA staff shall recommend to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whether the entity should be approved or denied accreditation pursuant to §229.3(c) of this title (relating to The Accreditation Process).

(b) Continuing Entity Approval. Entities 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. Entities accredited under a Texas State Partnership Agreement with a national accrediting body shall be considered to have met the cyclical review requirements, unless the TEA staff determines that a review is appropriate.

(c) Addition of Certificate Fields.

  (1) Preparation programs which are fully accredited may request additional certificate fields by submitting appropriate documentation to meet the curriculum and staff support criteria established by the TEA staff. The requested additional certificate fields must be within the classes of certificates for which the entities have been previously approved by the SBEC.

  (2) Preparation programs which are fully accredited may request the addition of certificate fields in a class of certificates that has not been previously approved by the SBEC. Under guidelines established by the TEA staff, the entity must present a full proposal for consideration and approval by the SBEC.

  (3) For purposes of this section, "TEA staff" means staff of the Texas Education Agency assigned by the commissioner of education to perform the SBEC's administrative functions and services.

(d) Contingency of Approval. Approval of all educator preparation programs 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 program approval is contingent upon compliance with superseding state or federal law or both.

(e) Denial of Approval. Entities that fail to meet the requirements of this chapter; Chapter 227 of this title; or Chapter 229 of this title (relating to Accountability System for Educator Preparation), will not be approved to deliver educator preparation.

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

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