|(a) To ensure that a candidate for educator certification
is prepared to receive a standard certificate, the educator preparation
program (EPP) shall establish benchmarks and structured assessments
of the candidate's progress throughout the EPP.
(b) An EPP is responsible for ensuring that each candidate
is adequately prepared to pass the appropriate content pedagogy examination(s)
required for certification, unless that content pedagogy test is used
for admission purposes.
(c) Upon the written request of the candidate, an EPP
may prepare a candidate and grant test approval for a classroom teacher
certificate category other than the category for which the candidate
was initially admitted to the EPP.
(d) An EPP shall determine the readiness of each candidate
to take the appropriate certification examination of content, pedagogy,
and professional responsibilities, including professional ethics and
standards of conduct. An EPP shall not grant test approval for a certification
examination until a candidate has met all of the requirements for
admission to the EPP and has been contingently or formally admitted
into the EPP. An EPP may make test approval contingent on a candidate
completing additional coursework and/or training to show that the
candidate is prepared to pass the test if the candidate is seeking
test approval from the EPP in an area where the standards and/or test
changed since the candidate completed the EPP or if the candidate
has returned to the EPP for test approval five or more years following
the academic year of completion.
(e) For the purposes of EPP improvement, an entity
shall continuously evaluate the design and delivery of the EPP components
based on performance data, scientifically-based research practices,
and the results of internal and external feedback and assessments.
(f) An EPP shall retain documents that evidence a candidate's
eligibility for admission to the program and evidence of completion
of all program requirements for a period of five years after a candidate
completes, withdraws from, or is discharged or released from the program.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §228.40 adopted to be effective July 11, 1999, 24 TexReg 5011; amended to be effective December 14, 2008, 33 TexReg 10016; amended to be effective October 27, 2014, 39 TexReg 8388; amended to be effective December 27, 2016, 41 TexReg 10280; amended to be effective October 20, 2019, 44 TexReg 5903; amended to be effective October 15, 2020, 45 TexReg 7255