TEA has recommended significant rule changes that can affect you; these rules are pending likely approval at SBOE in November 2016 and will become effective December 27, 2016.
Candidates who are admitted on or after 12/27/2016 now will be required to complete 150 hours of pre-service training- TAC. 228.35
All candidates who are admitted into the program on or after 12/27/2016 will be required to complete 150 hours of pre-service training in addition to their 30 hours of field based experiences.
Candidates who are admitted on or after 12/27/2016 are now required to complete all field based experience while under the direct supervision of the EPP. – 228.35
Previously, candidates were able to use field based experiences prior to admission. If you are admitted on or after 12/27/2016, you must complete all field based experiences while currently enrolled, no previous experience can be counted.
Candidates who are hired on or after 9/1/2017 will be issued the new “intern certificate.” TAC 230.36
Any candidate who has a certificate recommended on or after 9/1/2017 will be placed on the new “intern certificate”. In order to be issued an “intern certificate” a candidate must have passed their content test within their certification area. You are no longer eligible for hire based on 24/12 hours within your college transcripts.
Candidates who are hired on or after 9/1/2017 cannot receive a “probationary certificate” unless their Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam has been passed. TAC 230.37
Candidates will no longer be eligible for any type of extension after their “intern certificate” year unless they have passed their PPR exam. If a candidate has any other type of program requirement left uncompleted, the PPR exam must be passed in order for the “probationary certificate” to be recommended.
Candidates who are admitted on or after 3/15/2017 will be required to pay the program the mandated $55 TEA Technology Fee. TAC 229.9
Programs are now responsible for collecting $55 per admitted candidate that is then turned over to TEA at the end of that academic year during the ASEP reporting period.
Effective 2017-2018 academic year TEA has changed the accountability systems for all programs TAC 229.4
Programs will now be held accountable for the percent of candidates who passed their content certification exam within the first two attempts, for the area in which they are teaching on their intern certificate. This will affect you, as the program will now regulate the number of attempts a candidate can take each certification exam.