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RULE §228.20Governance of Educator Preparation Programs
ISSUE 12/05/2008
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

(a)Preparation for the certification of educators may be delivered by an institution of higher education, regional education service center, public school district, or other entity approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) under §228.10 of this title (relating to Approval Process).

(b)The preparation of educators shall be a collaborative effort among public schools accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and/or TEA-recognized private schools; regional education service centers; institutions of higher education; and/or business and community interests; and shall be delivered in cooperation with public schools accredited by the TEA and/or TEA-recognized private schools. An advisory committee with members representing as many as possible of the groups identified as collaborators in this subsection shall assist in the design, delivery, evaluation, and major policy decisions of the educator preparation program. The approved educator preparation program shall approve the roles and responsibilities of each member of the advisory committee and shall meet a minimum of twice during each academic year.

(c)The governing body and chief operating officer of an entity approved to deliver educator preparation shall provide sufficient support to enable the educator preparation program to meet all standards set by the SBEC, and shall be accountable for the quality of the educator preparation program and the candidates whom the program recommends for certification.

(d)All educator preparation programs must be implemented as approved by the SBEC as specified in §228.10 of this title. An approved educator preparation program may not expand to other geographic locations without prior approval of the SBEC.

(e)Proposed amendments to an educator preparation program shall be submitted to the TEA staff and approved prior to implementation. Significant amendments, related to the five program approval components specified in §228.10(b) of this title, must be approved by the SBEC. The educator preparation program will be notified in writing of its proposal approval or denial within 60 days following a determination by the SBEC. If an educator preparation program has already implemented significant amendments to its original approved proposal as of January 1, 2009, those amendments are not required to be presented to or approved by the SBEC. However, the educator preparation program shall inform the SBEC of the existence of the significant amendments within 60 days of the adoption of this subsection.

This agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on November 24, 2008


Jerel Booker

Associate Commissioner, Educator Quality and Standards, Texas Education Agency

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 14, 2008

Proposal publication date: August 22, 2008

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497

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