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RULE §228.20Governance of Educator Preparation Programs
ISSUE 06/06/2014
ACTION Proposed
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 (EPP). The approved EPP [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 EPP [educator preparation program] to meet all standards set by the SBEC[,] and shall be accountable for the quality of the EPP [educator preparation program] and the candidates whom the program recommends for certification.

(d)All EPPs [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 EPP [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(a) [§228.10(b)] of this title, must be approved by the SBEC. The EPP [educator preparation program] will be notified in writing of the [its proposal] approval or denial of its proposal 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. ]

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on May 23, 2014


Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking, Texas Education Agency

State Board for Educator Certification

Earliest possible date of adoption: July 6, 2014

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

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