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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 7STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION
CHAPTER 228REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS
RULE §228.35Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training

      (v) An EPP may recommend an additional internship if:

        (I) the EPP certifies that the first internship was not successful, the EPP has developed a plan to address any deficiencies identified by the candidate and the candidate's field supervisor, and the EPP implements the plan during the additional internship; or

        (II) the EPP certifies that the first internship was successful and that the candidate is making satisfactory progress toward completing the EPP before the end of the additional internship.

      (vi) An EPP must provide ongoing support to a candidate as described in subsection (g) of this section for the full term of the initial and any additional internship, unless, prior to the expiration of that term:

        (I) a standard certificate is issued to the candidate during any additional internship under a probationary certificate;

        (II) the candidate resigns, is non-renewed, or is terminated by the school or district; or

        (III) the candidate is discharged or is released from the EPP; or

        (IV) the candidate withdraws from the EPP; or

        (V) the internship assignment does not meet the requirements described in this subparagraph.

      (vii) If the candidate leaves the internship assignment for any of the reasons identified in clause (vi)(II)-(V) of this subparagraph:

        (I) the EPP, the campus or district personnel, and the candidate must inform each other within one calendar week of the candidate's last day in the assignment; and

        (II) TEA must receive the certificate deactivation request with all related documentation from the EPP within two calendar weeks of the candidate's last day of the assignment in a format determined by TEA.

      (viii) The EPP must communicate the requirements in clause (vii) of this subparagraph to candidates and campus or district personnel prior to the assignment start date.

      (ix) An internship is successful when the candidate demonstrates proficiency in each of the educator standards for the assignment and the field supervisor and campus supervisor recommend to the EPP that the candidate should be recommended for a standard certificate. If either the field supervisor or campus supervisor 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 campus supervisor.

      (x) An internship for a Trade and Industrial Workforce Training certificate may be at an accredited institution of higher education if the candidate teaches not less than an average of four hours each day, including intermissions and recesses, in a dual credit career and technical instructional setting as defined by Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter D of this title (relating to Dual Credit Partnerships Between Secondary Schools and Texas Public Colleges).

  (3) An EPP may request an exception to the clinical teaching option described in this subsection.

    (A) Submission of Exception Request. The request for an exception must include an alternate requirement that will adequately prepare candidates for educator certification and ensure the educator is effective in the classroom. The request for an exception must be submitted in a form developed by the TEA staff that shall include:

      (i) the rationale and support for the alternate clinical teaching option;

      (ii) a full description and methodology of the alternate clinical teaching option;

      (iii) a description of the controls to maintain the delivery of equivalent, quality education; and

      (iv) a description of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation process to ensure that EPP objectives are met.

    (B) Review, Approval, and Revocation of Exception Request.

      (i) Exception requests will be reviewed by TEA staff, and the TEA staff shall recommend to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whether the exception should be approved. The SBEC may:

        (I) approve the request;

        (II) approve the request with conditions;

        (III) deny approval of the request; or

        (IV) defer action on the request pending receipt of further information.

      (ii) If the SBEC approves the request with conditions, the EPP must meet the conditions specified in the request. If the EPP does not meet the conditions, the approval is revoked.

      (iii) If the SBEC approves the request, the EPP must submit a written report of outcomes resulting from the clinical teaching exception to the TEA by September 15 of each academic year. If the EPP does not timely submit the report, the approval is revoked.

      (iv) If the SBEC does approve the exception or an approval is revoked, an EPP must wait at least six months from the date of the denial or revocation before submitting a new request.

  (4) Candidates participating in an internship or a clinical teaching assignment need to experience a full range of professional responsibilities that shall include the start of the school year. The start of the school year is defined as the first 15 instructional days of the school year. If these experiences cannot be provided through clinical teaching or an internship, they must be provided through field-based experiences.

  (5) An internship or clinical teaching experience for certificates that include early childhood may be completed at a Head Start Program with the following stipulations:

    (A) a certified teacher is available as a trained mentor;

    (B) the Head Start program is affiliated with the federal Head Start program and approved by the TEA;

    (C) the Head Start program teaches three- and four-year-old students; and

    (D) the state's prekindergarten curriculum guidelines are being implemented.

  (6) An internship or clinical teaching experience must take place in an actual school setting rather than a distance learning lab or virtual school setting.

  (7) An internship or clinical teaching experience shall not take place in a setting where the candidate:

    (A) has an administrative role over the mentor or cooperating teacher; or

    (B) is related to the field supervisor, mentor, or cooperating teacher by blood (consanguinity) within the third degree or by marriage (affinity) within the second degree.

  (8) For certification in a class other than classroom teacher, each EPP shall provide a practicum for a minimum of 160 clock-hours whereby a candidate must demonstrate proficiency in each of the educator standards for the certificate class being sought.

    (A) A practicum experience must take place in an actual school setting rather than a distance learning lab or virtual school setting.

    (B) A practicum may not take place exclusively during a summer recess.

    (C) A practicum shall not take place in a setting where the candidate:

      (i) has an administrative role over the site supervisor; or

      (ii) is related to the field supervisor or site supervisor by blood (consanguinity) within the third degree or by marriage (affinity) within the second degree.

    (D) An intern or probationary certificate may be issued to a candidate for a certification class other than classroom teacher who meets the requirements and conditions, including the subject matter knowledge requirement, prescribed in §230.36 of this title and §230.37 of this title.

      (i) A candidate for an intern or probationary certificate in a certification class other than classroom teacher must meet all requirements established by the recommending EPP, which shall be based on the qualifications and requirements for the class of certification sought and the duties to be performed by the holder of a probationary certificate in that class.

      (ii) An EPP may recommend an additional practicum under a probationary certificate if:

        (I) the EPP certifies that the first practicum was not successful, the EPP has developed a plan to address any deficiencies identified by the candidate and the candidate's field supervisor, and the EPP implements the plan during the additional practicum; or

        (II) the EPP certifies that the first practicum was successful and that the candidate is making satisfactory progress toward completing the EPP before the end of the additional practicum.

    (E) A practicum is successful when the field supervisor and the site supervisor recommend to the EPP that the candidate should be recommended for a standard certificate. If either the field supervisor or site supervisor does 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 site supervisor.

  (9) Subject to all the requirements of this section, the TEA may approve a school that is not a public school accredited by the TEA as a site for field-based experience, internship, clinical teaching, and/or practicum.

    (A) All Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, wherever located, and all schools accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) are approved by the TEA for purposes of field-based experience, internship, clinical teaching, and/or practicum.

    (B) An EPP may file an application, with the appropriate fee specified in §229.9(6) of this title (relating to Fees for Educator Preparation Program Approval and Accountability), with the TEA for approval, subject to periodic review, of a public school, a private school, or a school system located within any state or territory of the United States, as a site for field-based experience. The application shall be in a form developed by the TEA staff and shall include, at a minimum, evidence showing that the instructional standards of the school or school system align with those of the applicable Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and SBEC certification standards.

    (C) An EPP may file an application, with the appropriate fee specified in §229.9(6) of this title, with the TEA for approval, subject to periodic review, of a public or private school for a candidate's placement located within any state or territory of the United States, as a site for clinical teaching or practicum required by this chapter.

      (i) The clinical teaching or practicum site may be approved for a candidate who must complete requirements outside the state of Texas due to the following reasons if they occur following admission to the EPP:

        (I) military assignment of candidate or spouse;

        (II) illness of candidate or family member for whom the candidate is the primary caretaker;

        (III) candidate becomes the primary caretaker for a family member residing out of state; or

        (IV) candidate or spouse transfer of employment.

      (ii) The application shall identify the circumstances that necessitate the request to complete clinical teaching or a practicum outside of the state of Texas and be in a form developed by the TEA staff and shall include, at a minimum:

        (I) the accreditation(s) held by the school;

        (II) a crosswalk comparison of the alignment of the instructional standards of the school with those of the applicable TEKS and SBEC certification standards;

        (III) the certification, credentials, and training of the field supervisor(s) who will supervise candidates in the school; and

        (IV) the measures that will be taken by the EPP to ensure that the candidate's experience will be equivalent to that of a candidate in a Texas public school accredited by the TEA.

    (D) An EPP may file an application, with the appropriate fee specified in §229.9(6) of this title, with the TEA for approval, subject to periodic review, of a public or private school for a candidate's placement located outside the United States, as a site for clinical teaching or a practicum required by this chapter.

      (i) The site may be approved for a candidate who must complete requirements outside the United States due to the following reasons if they occur following admission to the EPP:

        (I) military assignment of candidate or spouse;

        (II) illness of candidate or family member for whom the candidate is the primary caretaker;

        (III) candidate becomes the primary caretaker for a family member residing out of country; or

        (IV) candidate or spouse transfer of employment.

      (ii) The application shall identify the circumstances that necessitate the request to complete clinical teaching or a practicum outside of the United States and be in a form developed by the TEA staff and shall include, at a minimum, the same provisions required in subparagraph (C)(ii) of this paragraph for schools located within any state or territory of the United States, with the addition of a description of the on-site program personnel and program support that will be provided and a description of the school's recognition by the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Schools.

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