Historical Rule for the Texas Administrative Code

RULE §535.64Obtaining Approval to Offer a Course

(a) An applicant shall submit a Course Application form and pay the fee required by §535.101 of this title (relating to Fees) to obtain approval to offer a course. Prior approval is required for another school to offer the same course.

(b) A school shall submit an instructor's manual for each proposed course. The commission may require a copy of the course materials and instructor's manual to be submitted for each previously approved course a school intends to offer. Subsequent providers shall offer the course as originally approved or as revised with the approval of the commission and shall use all materials required in the original or revised course. Each manual must comply with Instructor Manual Guidelines approved by the commission.

(c) The commission is not required to approve a course sooner than 30 days after the filing of an application for course approval.

(d) For the purpose of approval of courses, a correspondence course offered by a school in association with an accredited college or university in accordance with §535.62(f) of this title (relating to Acceptable Courses of Study), is equivalent to a correspondence course offered by an accredited college or university.

(e) Schools may offer a course using an alternative delivery method such as computers if the course satisfies the requirements for such a course contained in §535.62(g) of this title.

(f) A course approval expires four years from the date of approval. A course that has been approved by the commission may be offered by the original applicant until the expiration date, except that courses approved prior to January 1, 2011 expire December 31, 2014. If any school other than the original applicant obtains approval from the commission to offer the same course, the expiration date remains unchanged.

(g) Course renewal. No more than six months prior to the expiration of a course approval, a school may obtain a course approval for another four year period. Approval or disapproval of a course shall be subject to the standards for initial course approval.

Source Note: The provisions of this §535.64 adopted to be effective January 1, 2011, 35 TexReg 11679; amended to be effective March 6, 2013, 38 TexReg 1363

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