August 10, 2021: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Texas Education Agency

August 10, 2021

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” - Albert Einstein. 

Goal setting is one of the most important aspects of being successful. Small, large, short-term, long-term; all goals are important. They give purpose and meaning to tasks 
and allow for progress to be measured. As we move into a new school year, set goals to strive towards. Goals matter!

Our hope is that this newsletter serves as a support by compiling the most up-to-date information concerning what you need to know that impacts your candidates in the coming weeks. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, to dos, and FAQs.   

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Upcoming Events



          Event Date 

          Event Time 

Continuing Approval Review Webinar  
(All EPPs welcome but target audience is EPPs reviewed in 21-22 academic year)

TEA will provide guidance to educator preparation program staff that are preparing for a 5-year continuing approval review in 2021-2022. 

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   


Waiver Probationary (WPRO) or Waiver Intern (WINT) Certificate  

Provide test approval, as appropriate, to WPRO and WINT candidates. 

Actively communicate with WPRO/WINT candidates and LEA partners about requirements and next steps.  

Before the WPRO or WINT certificate expires  

Countdown to ASEP Reporting: ASEP Action of the Week

New: Week 4: Remove all exiters.  
If candidates left your EPP during the 2020-2021 year, be sure that you have removed them from your Finisher Records List (FRL) and removed their test approvals. Once ASEP closes, you will not be able to make any changes to the FRL. 

Previous ASEP Action of the Week: 
Week 1: Know your assigned Education Specialist 
Week 2: Complete Admission Reporting 
Week 3: Update Finisher Candidates 

Table Of Contents

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA.   

As an EPP, your main point of contact is your Education Specialist.   

  • To view a list of EPPs and their associated Education Specialist, please click here.   
  • For easiest assistance, file a HelpDesk Ticket. 

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management  

New: ASEP Webinar – Thank you! 
Thank you to those who attended the ASEP webinar. Our hope is that the webinar provided helpful reporting information to guide EPPs through the ASEP reporting season. If you were not able to attend the ASEP reporting webinar, the webinar and a webinar FAQ document will be posted to TEA’s Program Provider Resources page soon.  

Don’t forget – reporting for the 2020-2021 academic year closes on September 15th, 2021.  

ECOS Update: File Transfer for Certification Information 
ECOS has a tool that allows for authorized users to download certification information for educators. This function is available under the File Transfer menu in ECOS. TEA has scheduled updates to this system, which will do the following: 

  • Increase the processing limit from 5,000 records to 20,000 records 
  • Add teacher designation information to the download (related to the Teacher Incentive Allotment) 

These updates are planned to live on 8/24/2021. We wanted to give EPPs notice in case you have technology systems that interact with the files that get downloaded. Full information, including links to downloadable sample files containing the new columns, are available here. 

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

School Counselor (252) and PPR for Trade and Industrial Education (370) Test Approval  
The new School Counselor and PPR for Trade and Industrial Education TExES exams launch on September 6, 2021. For candidates that already have approval to take the 
previous versions of the exams, the PPR for T&I (370) and School Counselor (252) the exam will auto populate for you to approve for one attempt. Candidates are now able to register for the redesigned exams as of 
July 27, 2021. Please remind your candidates to register for the appropriate exam. They can confirm their registration with Pearson online or by calling 1-800-877-4599.  

Additional information about the launch of each new exam can be found in the FAQ Documents linked in the sections below.  

PPR for Trade and Industrial Education Exam Transition FAQ Document 
The new PPR for Trade and Industrial Exam (370) TExES exam will launch on September 6, 2021. Please see the PPR for T&I (370) Exam FAQ document that addresses timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources.   

The last administration date for the following two certification exams will be September 5, 2021. 

Updates about SBEC, Rules, and Legislation

Updates related to actions by the State Board for Educator Certification, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature.   

SBEC Meeting on Friday, July 23, 2021  
The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) met on July 23, 2021. The agenda for this meeting has been posted on the agenda webpage. 

During the meeting, the SBEC adopted the formal rule reviews for Chapter 227 and Chapter 228. They also approved of a proposal to update Chapter 229 to provide for a status of “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster” for the 2020-2021 academic year. The proposed updates to Chapter 229 will be considered for adoption at the October meeting of the SBEC. Additionally, the SBEC discussed components of EPP quality, the edTPA pilot, and updates from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session.


Every newsletter we take this space to highlight questions that we have heard from EPPs. 

Q: What is the difference between TEAL and ECOS and how does a candidate obtain a TEA ID #? 
A: Candidates are required to create a Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) account in order to access the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS). Once a candidate creates a TEAL account, they will have a TEA ID #. 

Candidates can utilize the educator account setup guide on TEA’s Certification website when creating an educator account. 

Q: What are the current mask policies at educator testing centers? 
A: Different test centers may have different mask policies. If candidates have any questions about the mask policy at a specific location, please have them contact the test center directly. They can also reference the test center locator to look for their specific site policy.

For More Information...

Information regarding educator certification testing can be accessed at the Texas Educator Certification Exam website.   

Information regarding the Science of Teaching Reading Exam can be accessed at   

Information regarding edTPA 2020-2021 information opportunities can be accessed here.   

Information and updates regarding the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) can be accessed at the Important Updates link.   

Updated information related to the COVID-19 response can be accessed here.   

To view previous editions of the weekly newsletter, please see the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletter webpage.  

Resources at a Glance...   

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience: Provides model lessons and video of instructional delivery.  

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience:  Provides content neutral pedagogical skill building through observing a model of and practicing the same high leverage skill.    

Texas TLAC One Pager for EPPs   

Full scope and sequence of upcoming edTPA training opportunities.   

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