The Texas Administrative Code, Section 74.27, Innovative Courses and Programs, allows districts to offer state-approved innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum. The State Board of Education (SBOE) may approve any course that does not fall within any of the subject areas listed in the foundation and enrichment curricula and the commissioner of education may approve a discipline-based course in the foundation or enrichment curriculum if the proposed course is academically rigorous and addresses documented student needs. Applications for innovative courses are accepted annually by the Texas Education Agency.
Currently Approved Innovative Courses
With the approval of the local board of trustees, school districts and charter schools may offer any state-approved innovative course for state elective credit. No application is required for a district or school to offer an approved innovative course.
For complete listings of approved innovative courses, please refer to the links below. You may request course descriptions and requirements for each course from the contact person identified for each course.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovative Courses
Foundation and Enrichment Innovative Courses
Innovative Courses from Organizations Other Than School Districts
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Innovative Courses
Other Innovative Courses
For a complete listing, download the PDF document of all currently approved innovative courses. (PDF, 639KB)
Innovative Course Applications
Applications for approval of new innovative courses and renewal of expiring courses are now available. Please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769808139 to download the application and for information about the application process.
2013-2014 Expiring Courses
A list of all courses that will expire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year is now available. For questions related to an expiring innovative course, please email Debbie Gonzales, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com. For questions related other expiring courses, please email the Curriculum Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expiring Course List
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
Phone: (512) 463-9581