February 15, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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February 15, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Three young students on the floor, sharing a book called Ovals, from Donna ISD


“For 12 years that goal [The Super Bowl] wasn’t reached and it tore me up inside, but I knew I could keep playing and try to find a way […] [a]nd the fact that we reached that goal today is so special.” - Matthew Stafford 

You cannot open any news source without seeing the celebration of quarterback Matthew Stafford finally winning a Super Bowl. After 12 years of non-winning seasons, a trade for lucky year 13 paid off in a huge way. However, to me, the message is just more than what can be accomplished through grit and tenacity, but a message of finding the right fit for success and being around a team that can support you in areas that you are weak. As a player, not much has changed about Stafford, however, when he allowed himself to step out of the comfort of a team that he had known for 12 years, step into something new, and embracing the changes, he found success. He showed that winning was about more than just being at his best, but finding the right team, with the right skills, that allowed him to be successful.  

As we work to build the next generation of educators, continue to challenge your candidates to #BeLikeStafford and to take the positions that are the right fit for them regardless of what others may think. At the end of the day, success comes when we have the best team in place for us which leads to even greater, positive effects on educators, students, and others. 

Our goal is for this newsletter to serve 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

There are no new events at this time.

Upcoming Deadlines

Topic: PASL
Action: Spring Registration Closes 
Due Date: April 5th, 2022

Topic: PASL
Action: Task Submission Deadline
Due Date: April 19th, 2022 2 pm ET

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.   

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management

New: New Postings to the Program Provider Resources page The following documents are now available on the Program Provider Resources page: 

  • Certificate Correction, Deactivation, and Reactivation webinar and FAQ document 
    • Found under the EPP Training Events and Materials section 
  • Request for Correction Form and Request to Correct the Finisher Record List Process document 
    • Found under the Forms and Documents section 

EPPs now have access to the Request for Correction (RFC) Form which is used to submit a request to correct a candidate’s program status on the Finisher Record List from a previous reporting year.   

School Districts Paying Clinical Teachers  
Programs and school partners continue to ask if teacher candidates can be paid during their clinical teaching experience. The answer is ‘YES!’ There isn’t a rule in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) that would prohibit an LEA from paying a teacher candidate during their clinical teaching experience. For example, currently, there are district and EPP partnerships across Texas that are working with technical assistance providers to design and implement strategic staffing models that reallocate underutilized district funds for instructional priorities to support sustainably funded teacher resident wages. These partnerships are committed to providing teacher residents with a paid, high-quality clinical teaching experience. For more information about teacher residency, please contact  teateacherresidency@tea.texas.gov. 

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

ETS Seeking Constructed Response Scorers for PASL  
ETS invites school leaders and preparation faculty to participate in the online scoring of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). This is an excellent opportunity for school leaders and preparation program faculty to become more familiar with this certification exam. Professionals who meet the criteria listed on PASL Scoring Job Opportunities are eligible to be scoring professionals (raters) for the assessment.    

ELAR 4-8 #217 Exam Launch January 1, 2022 
The redesigned ELAR 4-8 #217 exam launched January 1, 2022. The last day for candidates to take the ELAR 4-8 #117 exam was December 31, 2021. The last registration date was December 29, 2021, with score reporting through January 2022. Please see the updated ELAR 4-8 exam one-pager for more information.  

If a candidate has scheduled an exam with Pearson and approval is removed in ECOS by the EPP, then the exam appointment will be automatically withdrawn. If the withdrawal occurs at least 48 hours before the scheduled exam appointment, the candidate will receive a refund in accordance with the Withdrawal/Refund Policy.

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.   

The February SBEC meeting was held Friday, February 11th.  More information about the SBEC meeting, including the meeting agenda and access to view the meeting recording, can be found on the SBEC webpage. 


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

Q: Are clinical teachers required to make up snow/ice days if standard-certified teachers are not required to? 
A:Clinical teachers are required to complete a minimum of 70 days (14 weeks) in the classroom for full-day clinical teaching and a minimum of 140 days (28 weeks) in the classroom for half-day clinical teaching regardless of the requirements for standard-certified teachers. Clinical teaching duration requirements can be found in 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(A)(i)(I). 

Q: Does the digital literacy assessment apply to principal certification programs? 
A:19 TAC §228.30(c)(8) details the digital literacy requirement for candidates seeking initial certification in any certification class (e.g., teacher, principal, school counselor). Please note that there are different International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for teacher and non-teacher candidates. 

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 tea.texas.gov/str.   

Information regarding Spring 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars.   

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.  

Lesson Study Gateway Resources 

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

Texas Teach Like a Champion (TLAC)

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   

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