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The rules adopted by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) are part of a larger body of state agency rules that are collected and published by the Office of the Secretary of State as the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). 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.

Texas Administrative Code - Currently in Effect (last updated 05-19-14) (Chapter 231, Subchapters E, F, and G; Chapter 232, Subchapter A; Chapter 249, 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.

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

Proposed Rules (last updated 06-04-14) 

Adopted Rules - Subject to SBOE Review (last updated 05-07-14) 

Adopted Rules - Not Yet Effective (last updated 05-19-14) 

Summary of Rule Actions (last updated 05-22-14) 

Rulemaking Process

Rule Review Plan (last updated 06-04-14)  


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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, email sbecrules@tea.state.tx.us

July 23, 2014

Commissioner Williams seeks extension of ESEA waiver and extends teacher, principal evaluation and support systems pilot

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. 

July 18, 2014

TEA launches federal grant flexibility initiative

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a federal grant flexibility initiative aimed at providing increased flexibility to grantees, including school districts, charter schools, education service centers, colleges and universities and non-profit entities that receive certain federal education grants administered through TEA.

July 14, 2014

Commissioner Williams names Beaumont ISD Board of Managers

  Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his appointments to a seven-member board of managers for the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). The board of managers will be responsible for overseeing the management of the BISD, including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct identified deficiencies and to implement effective, structural and procedural improvement strategies for long-term, positive change. 

June 24, 2014

TEA advises districts of Community and Student Engagement deadline

The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings. Under House Bill 5 passed last year by the 83rd Texas Legislature, all districts are required to evaluate the district’s performance and the performance of each campus in regard to community and student engagement.