Texas: College and Career Policies

The State Board for Educator Certification adopts the rules and standards by which teacher preparation programs are measured as noted in Sec. 21. 044.

Texas adopted new technology standards in 2012.

In order to be approved, a teacher preparation program must include the components of entity commitment to adequate preparation of certification candidates, program standards, and community collaboration; criteria for admission to an EPP; curriculum; program delivery and evaluation; and a plan for ongoing support of the candidates.

Texas adopted new standards in 2010.

Texas requires 4 credits of English for graduation.

Texas adopted health standards in 1998.

Texas requires 10 additional course for graduation.

Two of the credits must consist of Algebra 1 and geometry. The remaining credit may be selected from a variety of mathematics courses.

Administrators and those with professional certificates must complete 200 hours of professional development in order to renew their certificates

Texas adopted physical education standards in 1998.

Texas has fine arts standards in music, theatre, and art, adopted in 2013.

Texas has not adopted any professional development standards.

The Texas State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per state law.

Texas adopted new Science standards in 2010.

The credits must consist of Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC). A student may substitute a chemistry credit (Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry), or a physics credit (Physics, Principles of Technology, AP Physics, or IB Physics) and then must use the second of these two courses as the academic elective credit.

T-TESS is the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. It is a new teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas designed to support teachers in their professional development and help them grow and improve as educators. It is being piloted by approximately 60 districts in the 2014-2015 school year, will be implemented as a refined system in the 2015-2016 school year in approximately 200 districts, and is scheduled to be rolled out statewide in the 2016-2017 year. The rules adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Commissioner of Education 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).

Texas adopted new Social Studies standards in 2011.

Texas is working to develop a new educator evaluation system, as teachers and principals alike gave feedback saying the current system, PDAS, is not conducive to continual professional growth. T-TESS is the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. It is a new teacher evaluation system for the state of Texas designed to support teachers in their professional development and help them grow and improve as educators. It is being piloted by approximately 60 districts in the 2014-2015 school year, will be implemented as a refined system in the 2015-2016 school year in approximately 200 districts, and is scheduled to be rolled out statewide in the 2016-2017 year.

Texas requires 3 credits of social studies to graduate.

The Texas State Board for Educator Certification oversees the certification process as noted in Sec. 21.031.

The Commissioner has full authority to adopt standards.

In order to become a certified teacher in Texas, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program, and pass a certification examination.

Professional education is required for teachers in order to renew their license.