|(a) Purpose. The purpose of the certification standards
shall be to ensure the highest level of educator preparation and practice
to achieve student excellence.
(b) Objectives. The objectives of the certification
(1) to establish the knowledge and skills required
of an individual seeking certification in a particular subject area;
(2) to guide the design and delivery of educator preparation
programs (EPPs); and
(3) to direct the development of certification examinations
and other requirements for issuance of the certificate.
(c) Policy. The State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC) shall appoint an advisory committee to develop and recommend
certification standards for approval that are based on the applicable
Texas essential knowledge and skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board
of Education (SBOE) and reflect current research-based practices and
knowledge of the developmental stages of learning to promote successful
outcomes and academic achievement from Early Childhood-Grade 12.
(d) Development. The SBEC shall develop the certification
standards based on information provided by Texas educators, EPP representatives,
parents, and citizens. Before approving standards for a certificate,
the SBEC shall make the proposed standards available for public comment.
(e) Implementation. The Texas Education Agency (TEA)
staff shall be primarily responsible for implementing the certification
standards approved by the SBEC by having certification examinations
developed or recommended to the SBEC on the basis of such standards.
(f) Evaluation. The TEA staff shall periodically evaluate
approved certification standards based, at a minimum, on any changes
to the TEKS or the job functions and duties of the related certificate.