Texas Education Code

Sec. § 21.044
Educator Preparation


(a)

The board shall propose rules establishing the training requirements a person must accomplish to obtain a certificate, enter an internship, or enter an induction-year program. The board shall specify the minimum academic qualifications required for a certificate.

(b)

Any minimum academic qualifications for a certificate specified under Subsection (a) that require a person to possess a bachelor’s degree must also require that the person receive, as part of the training required to obtain that certificate, instruction in detection and education of students with dyslexia.

(c)

The instruction under Subsection (b) must:

(1)

be developed by a panel of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia who are:

(A)

employed by institutions of higher education; and

(B)

approved by the board; and

(2)

include information on:

(A)

characteristics of dyslexia;

(B)

identification of dyslexia; and

(C)

effective, multisensory strategies for teaching students with dyslexia.

(c-1)

Any minimum academic qualifications for a certificate specified under Subsection (a) that require a person to possess a bachelor’s degree must also require that the person receive, as part of the training required to obtain that certificate, instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide. The instruction required must:

(1)

be provided through:

(A)

a program selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices established under Section 38.351 (Mental Health Promotion and Intervention, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and Suicide Prevention); or

(B)

a course offered by any accredited public or private postsecondary educational institution as part of a degree program; and

(2)

include effective strategies, including de-escalation techniques and positive behavioral interventions and supports, for teaching and intervening with students with mental health conditions or who engage in substance abuse.

(c-2)

Any minimum academic qualifications for a certificate specified under Subsection (a) that require a person to possess a bachelor’s degree must also require that the person receive, as part of the training required to obtain that certificate, instruction in digital learning, including a digital literacy evaluation followed by a prescribed digital learning curriculum. The instruction required must:

(1)

be aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education’s standards for teachers;

(2)

provide effective, evidence-based strategies to determine a person’s degree of digital literacy; and

(3)

include resources to address any deficiencies identified by the digital literacy evaluation.

(d)

In proposing rules under this section, the board shall specify that to obtain a certificate to teach an “applied STEM course,” as that term is defined by Section 28.027 (Applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Courses), at a secondary school, a person must:

(1)

pass the certification test administered by the recognized national or international business and industry group that created the curriculum the applied STEM course is based on; and

(2)

have at a minimum:

(A)

an associate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and

(B)

three years of work experience in an occupation for which the applied STEM course is intended to prepare the student.

(e)

In proposing rules under this section for a person to obtain a certificate to teach a health science technology education course, the board shall specify that a person must have:

(1)

an associate degree or more advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education;

(2)

current licensure, certification, or registration as a health professions practitioner issued by a nationally recognized accrediting agency for health professionals; and

(3)

at least two years of wage earning experience utilizing the licensure requirement.

(f)

The board may not propose rules for a certificate to teach a health science technology education course that specify that a person must have a bachelor’s degree or that establish any other credential or teaching experience requirements that exceed the requirements under Subsection (e).

(f-1)

Board rules addressing ongoing educator preparation program support for a candidate seeking certification in a certification class other than classroom teacher may not require that an educator preparation program conduct one or more formal observations of the candidate on the candidate’s site in a face-to-face setting. The rules must permit each required formal observation to occur on the candidate’s site or through use of electronic transmission or other video-based or technology-based method.

(g)

Each educator preparation program must provide information regarding:

(1)

the skills that educators are required to possess, the responsibilities that educators are required to accept, and the high expectations for students in this state;

(2)

the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce in this state;

(3)

the performance over time of the educator preparation program;

(4)

the importance of building strong classroom management skills;

(5)

the framework in this state for teacher and principal evaluation, including the procedures followed in accordance with Subchapter H; and

(6)

appropriate relationships, boundaries, and communications between educators and students.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 635 (S.B. 866), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 926 (S.B. 1620), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 161 (S.B. 1093), Sec. 4.001 (Public Education Mission and Objectives), eff. September 1, 2013.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1091 (H.B. 3573), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2013.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1282 (H.B. 2012), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2013.
Amended by:
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1321 (S.B. 460), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 931 (H.B. 2205), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1157 (S.B. 674), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1157 (S.B. 674), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1236 (S.B. 1296), Sec. 21.001(8), eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 178 (S.B. 7), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 714 (H.B. 4056), Sec. 2, eff. June 12, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 757 (S.B. 1839), Sec. 3, eff. June 12, 2017.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 960 (S.B. 1963), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 352 (H.B. 18), Sec. 1.03, eff. December 1, 2019.
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