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State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules are part of a larger body of state agency rules known as the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). The Office of the Secretary of State collects and publishes these rules. SBEC rules are codified under Title 19, Part VII, of the TAC. Title 19 is Education, and Part VII is the State Board for Educator Certification. The SBEC may adopt new rules or amendments to or repeals of existing rules.

Use the following link to view SBEC rules that are currently in effect.

Texas Administrative Code - Currently in Effect (last updated 10-28-14) (Chapter 228; Chapter 229; Chapter 249, Subchapter B; and Chapter 250, Subchapter B) 

NOTE: The Texas Education Agency makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this Internet site is secure; however, due to the limitations of Internet security, the rules published here are for information only and do not represent legal documentation.

SBEC Rules

The following links provide information on SBEC rules:

Proposed Rules (last updated 10-30-14) 

Adopted Rules - Subject to SBOE Review (last updated 10-30-14) 

Adopted Rules - Not Yet Effective (last updated 10-28-14) 

Withdrawn Rules (last updated 09-10-14)

Summary of Rule Adoptions (last updated 10-27-14) 

Rulemaking Process

Procedures to Petition for Adoption of SBEC Rules or SBEC Rule Changes

SBEC Rule Review Plan

The following link provides information on the statutorily required review of SBEC rules for the 2011-2014 review cycle:

2011-2014 Rule Review Plan (last updated 10-30-14)  

Join the SBEC Rules Mailing List to receive notification of rule filings.

Call (512) 936-8400 for questions and information on Credentialing Services, Fingerprinting and Investigations, and Educator Preparation. For information on other ways to communicate with Educator Certification staff, go to the Contact Educator Certification webpage.

For problems with this webpage, send an email to sbecrules@tea.state.tx.us.

October 29, 2014

Statement of Commissioner Michael Williams Regarding the ECS Blueprint For College Readiness Report

 The Education Commission of the States (ECS) today released its Blueprint for College Readiness report, which features an analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. The State of Texas met seven of the 10 policies emphasized in the blueprint. The report also spotlights Texas’ campus and school district accountability system as an example of policy for other states to follow.  

October 24, 2014

Texas Safe Schools Week: Bully Prevention is Key for Safe Learning Environments

As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today joined forces to remind districts and charter of resources available to help address and combat bullying and cyberbullying on campus.

October 23, 2014

Commissioner Williams directs EPISD board of managers to order 2015 elections

 In a letter to the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), Commissioner of Education Michael Williams this week directed the district’s appointed board of managers to order an election to be set on May 9, 2015. The Commissioner’s directive marks the first step in the district’s transition from the current appointed board to an elected board of trustees.

October 23, 2014

Texas Safe Schools Week: Shared Responsibility in Identifying, Reporting Inappropriate Educator-Student Relationships

 As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today advised that everyone in education – including students, parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and staff – plays a critical role in identifying and reporting improper educator-student relationships.