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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 153SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL
SUBCHAPTER CCCOMMISSIONER'S RULES ON CREDITABLE YEARS OF SERVICE
RULE §153.1021Recognition of Creditable Years of Service

  (6) Beginning with the 1998-1999 school year, the 90 days required at 100% of the day may be equivalent to four and one-half months or a full semester. The 180 days required at 50-99% of the day may be equivalent to 90 full-time equivalent days (percent of day employed multiplied by number of days employed).

  (7) Extended day migrant program employment shall be calculated in accordance with this section and the resulting equivalent must meet the same minimum requirements for professionals for the year in question.

    (A) For service prior to the 1970-1971 school year, the days employed in the migrant program shall be multiplied by a factor of 1.37.

    (B) For service during the 1970-1971 through the 1975-1976 school years, the days employed in the migrant program shall be multiplied by a factor of 1.31.

(g) Entities recognized for years of service. Service in any of the entities listed in this subsection shall be recognized for professional personnel. The minimum employment requirements in subsection (f) of this section must be met. Requirements concerning service in each type of entity in subsection (h) of this section must also be met. Professional service in the following entities is creditable:

  (1) Texas public elementary and secondary schools, including charter schools;

  (2) State regional education service centers;

  (3) State departments of education;

  (4) Texas Department of Corrections--Windham Schools;

  (5) Public elementary and secondary schools in all other states in the United States or within the boundaries of any of its territorial possessions;

  (6) Overseas schools operated by the U.S. Government;

  (7) Texas public or private colleges or universities;

  (8) Texas private elementary and secondary schools;

  (9) Texas non-public special education contract schools;

  (10) Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation)--state hospitals and state schools;

  (11) Texas veterans' vocational schools;

  (12) Public or private colleges or universities and private elementary and secondary schools in all other states in the United States or within the boundaries of any of its territorial possessions;

  (13) Foreign public or private colleges or universities, or elementary and secondary schools;

  (14) U.S. Department of Interior--Bureau of Indian Affairs;

  (15) U.S. service academies;

  (16) U.S. military service;

  (17) Job Corps; and

  (18) Peace Corps (in a professional capacity only).

(h) Requirements. Requirements for entities recognized for professional personnel are as follows:

  (1) Texas public elementary and secondary schools, including charter schools.

    (A) Requirements specific to Texas public elementary and secondary schools.

      (i) All professional personnel must be certified by the State of Texas, must hold the proper state or national licensure as required by the position held, or must have the educational requirements for the job assigned. Regardless of the funding source, classroom teachers, full-time librarians, full-time counselors, and full-time school nurses must be paid at least the minimum salary specified in the Texas State Public Education Compensation Plan.

      (ii) Professional personnel placed on developmental leaves of absence must be paid at least one-half of their state minimum salary by the school district to receive service credit for increment purposes.

      (iii) Instructors in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs conducted by local school districts must be certified or hold an emergency teaching permit. An emergency teaching permit need not be renewed as long as the person continues in the ROTC assignment.

      (iv) Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, an emergency teaching permit must be reissued annually in accordance with §230.77 of this title (relating to Specific Requirements for Initial Emergency Permits).

      (v) Beginning July 1, 2015, ROTC instructors who hold the ROTC standard Texas classroom teaching certificate must be paid at least according to the minimum salary schedule. Prior experience serving as an ROTC instructor on an emergency permit shall be recognized for salary increment purposes provided the minimum employment requirements specified in subsection (f) of this section are met for ROTC instructors who obtain a standard Texas classroom teaching certificate.

    (B) Requirements specific to charter schools.

      (i) Employment must have been in a professional capacity as defined by subsection (a) of this section.

      (ii) For salary increment purposes, educators are not required to be certified unless they are serving in special education or bilingual education or are required to be certified in the charter application.

  (2) State regional education service centers.

    (A) Personnel employed in cooperatives for which the education service center is acting as fiscal agency must meet the same requirements as personnel employed in Texas public elementary and secondary schools.

    (B) All other personnel must meet the same requirements as personnel employed in state departments of education.

  (3) State departments of education. Employment must have been in a professional capacity. For Texas department of education employment, professional positions are defined as personnel employed in positions starting in state pay grade classification B4/A12 and above.

  (4) Texas Department of Corrections--Windham schools. Requirements in this subsection shall apply.

  (5) Public elementary and secondary schools in all other states of the United States or within the boundaries of any of its territorial possessions. Employment prior to 1990-1991 must have been on a full-time basis.

  (6) Overseas schools operated by the U.S. government. Schools operated by the United States Government for military dependents and dependents of personnel assigned to an embassy, consulate, etc., are treated as public schools in other states of the U.S. and policies pertaining to public schools in other states apply.

  (7) Texas public or private colleges or universities.

    (A) For private colleges and universities, accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is required.

    (B) Officer Training Corps programs conducted by accredited colleges or universities must have been employed full-time on a faculty status level. Beginning in 1998-1999, service as an instructor in an agricultural extension service operated by an accredited college or university may be recognized for salary increment purposes as long as the person held a valid Texas teaching certificate at the time the service was rendered.

    (C) All college or university experience must be recorded on the teacher service record. A supporting letter or form must be attached to the teacher service record verifying that either the full-time or part-time employment was at faculty status or its equivalent and that the schedule of work and the pay constituted that of other similar faculty employees. It is the responsibility of the employing school district to secure verification of college or university experience.

    (D) Hospital nursing experience shall be acceptable provided the person held a registered nurse position with a recognized accredited university-operated hospital listed in this subsection. All eligible prior-year service in this area can be claimed for placement beginning on the 2000-2001 minimum salary schedule.

  (8) Texas private elementary and secondary schools.

    (A) For experience prior to the 1986-1987 school year, accreditation by the Texas Education Agency or the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is required.

    (B) For experience in the 1986-1987, 1987-1988, and 1988-1989 school years, service shall be acceptable if the school was accredited by the Texas Education Agency, or a recognized regional accrediting agency.

    (C) For experience in the 1989-1990 school year and thereafter, service shall be acceptable if the school was accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.

    (D) During the 1986-1987, 1987-1988, and 1988-1989 school years, private schools accredited by the Texas Education Agency, a recognized regional accrediting agency, or an association recognized by the commissioner of education will be listed in the Texas School Directory.

    (E) Beginning with the 1989-1990 school year and thereafter, private schools accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission will be listed in the Texas School Directory.

    (F) Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year and thereafter, private schools accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission will be listed on the Texas Education Agency website.

  (9) Non-public special education contract schools.

    (A) Approval from the Texas Education Agency to provide special education services during the year service was rendered is required. A list of approved schools is maintained by the Texas Education Agency and posted on the Texas Education Agency website.

    (B) The person must have been certified in an area of special education.

  (10) Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation) state hospitals and state schools.

    (A) The assignment must have been in an educational program operated in conjunction with a public school program or in a non-educational professional capacity.

    (B) Persons employed in an educational program must have held a valid Texas teaching certificate and must have been paid at least the state minimum salary of a teacher in a Texas public school.

  (11) Texas veteran's vocational school.

    (A) The assignment must have been as an instructor or coordinator.

    (B) Service during the period of July 1, 1946, through June 30, 1955, must have been at a school under the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency (this service can be verified by the agency).

    (C) Service after June 30, 1955, must have been at a veteran's vocational school operated by a Texas county board of school trustees under the jurisdiction of the Veterans Administration.

  (12) Public or private colleges and universities, and private elementary and secondary schools in all other states in the United States or within the boundaries of any of its territorial possessions.

    (A) Employment must have been, and in the case of colleges and universities, must be verified in the same manner as for Texas colleges or universities.

    (B) Accreditation by a recognized state or regional accrediting agency listed in subsection (a)(15) of this section is required. In states or territories that have no provisions for accrediting, licensing, or approving private elementary or secondary schools, service shall be acceptable provided the person held, while employed, a valid teaching certificate from the state in which the school is located or a valid Texas teaching certificate.

    (C) It is the responsibility of the employing school district or charter school to have evidence on file of the accreditation status of private schools in other states.

    (D) Hospital nursing experience shall be acceptable provided the person held a registered nurse position with a recognized accredited university-operated hospital listed in this subsection. All eligible prior-year service in this area can be claimed for placement beginning on the 2000-2001 minimum salary schedule.

  (13) Foreign public or private elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities.

    (A) Employment in colleges or universities must be verified in the same manner as for Texas colleges or universities.

    (B) For foreign public schools, colleges, and universities, accreditation by a recognized agency of the foreign country or by a recognized accrediting agency in the United States is required.

    (C) For foreign private schools, colleges, and universities, accreditation must be by a recognized regional accrediting agency listed in subsection (a)(15) of this section.

    (D) The accreditation status must be verified in the same manner as for public or private schools in the United States.

  (14) United States Department of the Interior--Bureau of Indian Affairs. Service must have been full-time.

  (15) United States service academies.

    (A) Employment must have been at a faculty status level and must be verified in the same manner as other college or university service.

    (B) The service academies are as follows:

      (i) Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado;

      (ii) Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut;

      (iii) Military Academy, West Point, New York;

      (iv) Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; and

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