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RULE §84.503Specialized Driving Safety Courses of Instruction

pertain directly to the concepts being taught.

    (B) Instruction records shall be maintained by the course provider and instructor trainer for each instructor trainee and shall be available for inspection by authorized department representatives at any time during the training period and/or for license investigation purposes. The instruction record shall include the trainee's name, address, driver's license number, and other pertinent data; the name and instructor license number of the person conducting the training; and the dates of instruction, lesson time, and subject taught during each instruction period. Each record shall also include grades or other means of indicating the trainee's aptitude and development. Upon satisfactory completion of the training course the instructor trainer conducting the training will certify one copy of the instruction record for attachment to the trainee's application for licensing and one copy will be maintained in a permanent file at the course provider location.

    (C) All student instruction records submitted for the department approved specialized driving safety instructor development course shall be signed by the course provider. Original documents shall be submitted.

    (D) Specialized driving safety instructor development courses including the practical-teaching portion of the instructor development course shall be offered at approved classroom facilities of a licensed school. A licensed instructor trainer shall present the course.

    (E) Applicants shall complete 28 hours of training in the specialized driving safety curriculum that shall be taught. Of the 28 hours, 16 hours shall cover techniques of instruction and in-depth familiarization with materials contained in the specialized driving safety curriculum. The additional 12 hours shall consist of practical teaching with students and shall occur after the first 24 hours have been completed.

  (3) Continuing education courses.

    (A) Each course provider will be responsible for receiving an approval for a minimum of a two-hour continuing education course. Each instructor currently endorsed to teach the course must attend the approved continuing education course conducted by the course provider.

    (B) The request for course approval shall contain the following:

      (i) a description of the plan by which the course will be presented;

      (ii) the subject of each unit;

      (iii) the instructional objectives of each unit;

      (iv) time to be dedicated to each unit;

      (v) instructional resources for each unit, including names or titles of presenters and facilitators;

      (vi) any information that the department mandates to ensure quality of the education being provided; and

      (vii) a plan by which the course provider will monitor and ensure attendance and completion of the course by the instructions within the guidelines set forth in the course.

    (C) A continuing education course may be approved if the department determines that:

      (i) the course constitutes an organized program of learning that enhances the instructional skills, methods, or knowledge of the specialized driving safety instructor;

      (ii) the course pertains to subject matters that relate directly to driving safety or specialized safety instruction, instruction techniques, or driving safety-related subjects;

      (iii) the entire course has been designed, planned, and organized by the course provider. The course provider shall use licensed driving safety or specialized driving safety instructors to provide instruction or other individuals with recognized experience or expertise in the area of driving safety or specialized driving safety instruction or driving safety-related subject matters. Evidence of the individuals' experience or expertise may be requested by the department;

      (iv) the course contains updates or approved revisions to the specialized driving safety course curriculum, policies or procedures, and/or any changes to the course, that are affected by changes in traffic laws or statistical data; and

      (v) the department determines that any technology used to present a continuing education course meets reasonable standards for determining attendance, security, and testing.

(b) Course providers shall submit documentation on behalf of schools applying for approval of additional courses after the original approval has been granted. The documents shall be designated by the department and include the appropriate fee. Courses shall be approved before soliciting students, advertising, or conducting classes. An approval for an additional course shall not be granted if the school's compliance is in question at the time of application.

(c) If an approved course is discontinued, the department shall be notified within five days of discontinuance and furnished with the names and addresses of any students who could not complete the course because it was discontinued. If the school does not make arrangements satisfactory to the students and the department for the completion of the courses, the full amount of all tuition and fees paid by the students are due and refundable. If arrangements are not made satisfactory to the students and the department, the refunds must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the course was discontinued. Any course discontinued shall be removed from the list of approved courses.

(d) If, upon review and consideration of an original, renewal, or amended application for course approval, the department determines that the applicant does not meet the legal requirements, the department shall notify the applicant, setting forth the reasons for denial in writing.

(e) The department may revoke approval of any course given to a course owner, provider, or school under any of the following circumstances.

  (1) Any information contained in the application for the course approval is found to be untrue.

  (2) The school has failed to maintain the faculty, facilities, equipment, or courses of study on the basis of which approval was issued.

  (3) The school and/or course provider has been found to be in violation of the Code, and/or this chapter.

  (4) The course has been found to be ineffective in meeting the educational objectives set forth in subsection (a)(1)(A).

Source Note: The provisions of this §84.503 adopted to be effective April 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 1400; amended to be effective March 15, 2018, 43 TexReg 1431; amended to be effective July 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 3875; amended to be effective September 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 6069; amended to be effective September 1, 2021, 46 TexReg 5394; amended to be effective May 1, 2022, 47 TexReg 2522

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