May 2014 Summary of State Board for Educator Certification Rule Actions

 

1. Adopted Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments; Subchapter F, Special Education-Related Services Personnel Assignments; and Subchapter G, Paraprofessional Personnel, Administrators, and Other Instructional and Professional Support Assignments

Effective Date: May 18, 2014.

Revised 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments; Subchapter F, Special Education-Related Services Personnel Assignments; and Subchapter G, Paraprofessional Personnel, Administrators, and Other Instructional and Professional Support Assignments, was filed as adopted with the Texas Register on April 28, 2014.

The adopted amendments to 19 TAC §231.333 and 19 TAC §231.481 are necessary as a result of House Bill (HB) 3573, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which amended the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.0486, to require that a person who holds a technology applications certification be authorized to teach principles of arts, audio video technology, and communications and principles of information technology. The adopted amendments to 19 TAC §231.623 and 19 TAC §231.643 clarify that the no-longer-issued Vocational Counselor and Special Education certificates may be used for the assignments of Special Education Counseling Services and School Counselor. In addition, adopted new 19 TAC §231.645 was added to clarify the requirements of the TEC, §21.003(b), regarding assignments that require a professional license rather than educator certification, including licensed professional counselor as a result of Senate Bill 715, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, and marriage and family therapist, with an exception, as a result of HB 1386, 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2011. The revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, Subchapter E, Grades 9-12 Assignments; Subchapter F, Special Education-Related Services Personnel Assignments; and Subchapter G, Paraprofessional Personnel, Administrators, and Other Instructional and Professional Support Assignments, were adopted with no changes from what was published as proposed.

Staff Contact: Questions about this item should be directed to Educator Testing and Certification at (512) 463-8131.


2. Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions, Subchapter A, Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements, §232.11, Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours

Effective Date: May 18, 2014.

Amended 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions, Subchapter A, Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements, §232.11, Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours, was filed as adopted with the Texas Register on April 28, 2014.

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §232.11 is necessary as a result of House Bill (HB) 642, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, and HB 3793, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, both of which amended the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.054. HB 642 requires classroom teachers, principals, and school counselors to earn continuing professional education (CPE) units in specific areas related to collecting and analyzing information, recognizing early warning indicators for dropouts, and educating diverse student populations. HB 3793 allows educators to fulfill up to 12 clock-hours of CPE by participating in a mental health first aid training program. The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §232.11 establishes CPE requirements that conform to HB 642 and HB 3793. The amendment to 19 TAC §232.11, Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours, was adopted with no changes from what was published as proposed.

Staff Contact: Questions about this item should be directed to Educator Testing and Certification at (512) 463-8131.


3. Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases, Subchapter B, Enforcement Actions and Guidelines, §249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal Convictions for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53

Effective Date: May 18, 2014.

Amended 19 TAC Chapter 249, Disciplinary Proceedings, Sanctions, and Contested Cases, Subchapter B, Enforcement Actions and Guidelines, §249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal Convictions for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, was filed as adopted with the Texas Register on April 28, 2014.

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §249.16 is necessary as a result of House Bill (HB) 798, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, which amended the Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §53.021, to define the types of misdemeanor convictions that may be pursued under the TOC. The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §249.16 aligns the requirements to conform with HB 798. The amendment to 19 TAC §249.16, Eligibility of Persons with Criminal Convictions for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, was adopted with no changes from what was published as proposed.

Staff Contact: Questions about this item should be directed to Legal Services at (512) 463-9720.


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