• Certification

    HB 218
    Márquez
    Certification Requirements for Teachers in Bilingual Classrooms

    Requires a teacher assigned to a bilingual education program using the transitional bilingual/early exit program model or the transitional bilingual/late exit model to be appropriately certified for bilingual education.

    Requires a teacher assigned to a bilingual education program using a dual-language immersion/one-way or two-way program model to be appropriately certified for bilingual education for the program component provided in a language other than English, and for bilingual education or English as a second language for the component provided in English.

    Allows a district using the dual-language immersion/one-way or two-way program model to assign different teachers for the different components.

    Applies beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    HB 1300
    Capriglione
    Eligibility Requirements for Admission of Certain Persons to Educator Preparation Programs

    Requires the State Board for Educator Certification to amend its rules to admit in extraordinary circumstances a person who fails to satisfy a grade point average requirement provided that each person performs, before admission, at a satisfactory level on an appropriate subject matter for each subject in which the person seeks certification.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2015

    HB 1783
    Moody
    Notification of Educator Crime to SBEC

    Requires the superintendent or director of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to notify the SBEC if an educator employed by the school has a criminal record and the school or district obtained information about the educator’s criminal record by means other than criminal history clearinghouse, and if an educator’s employment at the school was terminated based on evidence that the educator was involved in a romantic relationship with or solicited or engaged in sexual contact with a student or minor. Requires a superintendent or director of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to complete an investigation of an educator that is based on evidence that the educator may have been involved in a romantic relationship with or solicited or engaged in sexual contact with a student or minor, despite the educator’s resignation. Requires the superintendent or director of a school district to notify the SBEC in writing, not later than the seventh day after the superintendent or director knew about an employee’s criminal record or termination of employment or resignation.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2015

    Other provisions listed under Discipline/Safety.

    HB 2014
    Sheets
    Certification of Military Personnel to Teach Career and Technology Education Classes

    Provides that a military person who obtains experience in a specific trade through military service satisfies the SBEC requirement that a person seeking a trades and industries education certification hold a license or other professional credential. Prohibits the SBEC from proposing a rule requiring a current or former member of the U.S. armed services who seeks CTE certification to hold a credential related to that trade or possess experience related to that trade other than the experience in that trade obtained during military service.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    HB 2205
    Crownover
    Educator Preparation Programs, Educator Certification, Teaching Permits, Procedures for Investigating Educator Misconduct

    Increases the SBEC from 14 to 15 members. Provides that the governor shall appoint two nonvoting members, including a person with experience working for and knowledge of an alternative educator preparation program and who is not affiliated with an institution of higher education.

    Allows the SBEC to make a written delegation of authority to the commissioner of education or TEA to informally dispose of a contested case involving educator certification.

    Provides that a person must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a four-point scale on any course work previously attempted at a public or private institution of higher education or a 2.5 grade point average for the last 60 semester credit hours to be eligible for admission to an educator preparation program.

    Provides that the overall grade point average of each incoming class admitted by an educator preparation program, including an alternative education program, may not be less than 3.0 on a four-point scale or the equivalent, or a higher overall grade point average prescribed by the SBEC. Excludes a person seeking CTE certification from the overall grade point average of an incoming class.

    Requires the SBEC to propose rules that establish standards governing the approval or renewal of approval of educator certification programs and certification fields authorized to be offered by an educator preparation program.

    Adds race as a criterion to be used in determining the accountability of all preparation programs. Requires that results from a teacher satisfaction survey be considered in assessing accountability of a preparation program.

    Requires the SBEC to propose rules necessary for the sanction of educator preparation programs that do not meet accountability standards or comply with state law or rules and to at least annually review the accreditation status of each educator preparation program.

    Requires the SBEC to make available the following information regarding each educator preparation program: (1) for each semester, the average ration of field supervisors to candidates completing student teaching, clinical teaching, or an internship in an educator preparation program; (2) the percentage of teachers employed under a standard teaching certificate within one year of completing the program; and (3) the results of teacher satisfaction surveys.

    Requires the SBEC to propose rules necessary to develop a set of risk factors to use in assessing the overall risk level of each educator preparation program. Provides a list of risk factors to be included.

    Requires the SBEC to propose rules necessary to establish a process for a candidate for teacher certification to direct a complaint against an educator preparation program to TEA. Requires the SBEC to post the process on TEA’s website. Provides that the SBEC has no authority to arbitrate or resolve contractual or commercial issues between an educator preparation program and a candidate for teacher certification.

    Provides that a person may not retake an examination more than four times, unless the SBEC waives the limitation for good cause as prescribed by the board.

    Allows a school district board of trustees to issue a school district teaching permit to a person who will teach only CTE courses based on qualifications certified by the superintendent. Provides that qualifications must include demonstrated subject matter expertise such as professional work experience, formal training and education, holding an active, professional, and relevant industry license, certification, or registration, or any combination of work experience, training and education, or industry license, certification, or registration, in the subject matter to be taught. Allows a person to teach immediately upon the issuance of a permit. Requires the board of trustees to send the commissioner a written statement identifying the person, the course the person will teach, and the person’s qualifications to teach the course.

    Provides that during a commissioner’s investigation of an educator for an alleged incident of misconduct, the commissioner may issue a subpoena to compel the production, for inspection or copying, of relevant evidence located in this state.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2015

    SB 168
    Uresti
    Temporary Waiver of Superintendent Certification

    Allows the commissioner to waive the requirement for certification of a superintendent if requested by a school district. Prohibits a person from being employed as a superintendent until the waiver is issued, but does allow a person to be designated as a temporary or interim superintendent without a waiver.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    SB 382
    Uresti
    Continuing Education Credit for Instruction Related to Use of Automated External Defibrillator

    Requires the SBEC to adopt rules allowing an educator to receive credit toward the educator’s continuing education requirements for completion of an instructional course on the use of an automated external defibrillator.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately

    SB 674
    Campbell
    Instruction on Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Youth Suicide

    Requires that any minimum academic qualifications for a certificate 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. Requires the instruction to be provided through a program selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs established under Section 161.325 in the Health and Safety Code and include effective strategies for teaching and intervening with students with mental or emotional disorders, including de-escalation techniques and positive behavioral interventions and supports.

    Earliest effective date: September 1, 2015

    SB 1309
    Menéndez
    Establishment of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Teaching Certificate

    Requires the SBEC to establish a standard Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) teaching certificate to provide Junior ROTC. Provides eligibility criteria for the certificate. Requires the SBEC to propose rules to approve educator preparation programs and to establish requirements relating to a person’s training and experience and a person’s employment by a school district.

    Provides that a teacher may apply creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher for any period during which the teacher was employed by a school district as a Junior ROTC instructor to satisfy eligibility requirements for certification as a principal.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately