| (1) An EPP must provide a minimum of 300 hours of coursework
and/or training related to the educator standards for that certificate
adopted by the SBEC.
(2) An EPP shall provide a clinical experience of at
least 350 clock-hours in a supervised educator assignment in a public
school accredited by the TEA or other school approved by the TEA for
this purpose. A TVI certification candidate must demonstrate proficiency
in each of the educator standards for the certificate being sought
during the clinical experience. A clinical experience is successful
when the field supervisor recommends to the EPP that the TVI certification
candidate should be recommended for a TVI supplemental certification.
(A) An EPP will provide guidance, assistance, and support
for the TVI certification candidate by assigning a cooperating teacher
and/or providing individual or group consultation. The EPP is responsible
for providing training to cooperating teachers and/or consultation
(B) An EPP will collaborate with the program coordinator
for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Statewide
Mentor Program to assign a TVI mentor for the TVI certification candidate.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Statewide Mentor
Program is responsible for providing training for all TVI mentors.
(C) An EPP will provide ongoing support for the TVI
certification candidate. Supervision of each candidate shall be conducted
with the structured guidance and regular ongoing support of an experienced
educator who has been trained as a field supervisor. Supervision must
be provided by a field supervisor who has completed TEA-approved observation
training. The initial contact, which may be made by telephone, email,
or other electronic communication, with the assigned candidate must
occur within the first quarter of the assignment. For each formal
observation, the field supervisor shall participate in an individualized
pre-observation conference with the candidate; document educational
practices observed; and provide written feedback through an individualized,
synchronous, and interactive post-observation conference with the
candidate. Neither the pre-observation conference nor the post-observation
conference need to be onsite. Formal observations conducted through
collaboration with school or district personnel can be used to meet
the requirements of this subsection. Informal observations and coaching
shall be provided by the field supervisor as appropriate.
(i) Formal observations must be at least 135 minutes
in duration in total throughout the clinical experience and must be
conducted by the field supervisor.
(ii) If a formal observation is not conducted on the
candidate's site in a face-to-face setting, the formal observation
may be provided by use of electronic transmission or other video or
technology-based method. A formal observation that is not conducted
on the candidates' site in a face-to-face setting must include a pre-
(iii) An EPP must provide a minimum of one formal observation
within the first third of the clinical experience, one formal observation
within the second third of the clinical experience, and one formal
observation within the final third of the clinical experience.
(k) Candidates employed as certified educational aides.
(1) Clinical Teaching Assignment. Candidates employed
as certified educational aides may satisfy their clinical teaching
assignment requirements through their instructional duties.
(A) If an EPP permits candidates employed as certified
educational aides, as defined by Chapter 230, Subchapter E, of this
title (relating to Educational Aide Certificate), to satisfy the clinical
teaching assignment requirements through their instructional duties,
the clinical teaching assignment must be for a minimum of 490 hours
(B) An EPP may permit an educational aide employed
in a clinical teaching to be excused from up to 35 of the required
hours due to maternity leave, military leave, or illness.
(C) Clinical teaching is successful when the candidate
demonstrates proficiency in each of the educator standards for the
assignment and the field supervisor and cooperating teacher recommend
to the EPP that the candidate should be recommended for a standard
certificate. If either the field supervisor or cooperating teacher
do not recommend that the candidate should be recommended for a standard
certificate, the person who does not recommend the candidate must
provide documentation supporting the lack of recommendation to the
candidate and either the field supervisor or cooperating teacher.
(2) Coursework and Training. An EPP must provide coursework
and/or training as specified in subsections (a) and (b) of this section,
a clinical experience as specified in subsection (e) of this section,
a cooperating teacher as specified in subsection (f) of this section,
and ongoing support as specified in subsection (g) of this section.
An EPP must provide a minimum of one formal observation during the
first third of the assignment, a minimum of one formal observation
during the second third of the assignment, and a minimum of one formal
observation during the last third of the assignment.
(1) Under the TEC, §21.050(c), a candidate who
receives a bachelor's degree required for a teaching certificate on
the basis of higher education coursework completed while receiving
an exemption from tuition and fees under the TEC, §54.363, is
exempt from the requirements of this chapter relating to field-based
experience, internship, or clinical teaching.
(2) Under the TEC, §21.0487(c)(2)(B), a candidate's
employment by a school or district as a Junior Reserve Officer Training
Corps instructor before the person was enrolled in an EPP or while
the person is enrolled in an EPP is exempt from any clinical teaching,
internship, or field-based experience program requirement.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §228.35 adopted to be effective December 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 10016; amended to be effective December 26, 2010, 35 TexReg 11239; amended to be effective August 12, 2012, 37 TexReg 5747; amended to be effective October 27, 2014, 39 TexReg 8388; amended to be effective December 27, 2016, 41 TexReg 10280; amended to be effective December 20, 2018, 43 TexReg 8091