May 4, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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May 4, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


May Meme

- every meme ever at the end of April 

April has officially come to a close, and I am ready to see the May flowers that April showers brought. Although it is just a witty saying “April showers bring May flowers,” it holds so much truth! To me, April is a rough month, it is the final push for the end of most semesters. Between certification exams, placements, hiring season, April can be a stressful month. Yet, May, generally, brings the rewards from the hard work (e.g., seeing students pass exams, land dream positions, “rest” from the semester). I challenge you to find the joy in May and also...“May the fourth be with you!” I could not resist all of the May memes. 

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



Event Date & Time 

edTPA Implementation Series Part 1: Orientation to edTPA 

In this webinar series, an edTPA National Academy Member (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will orient participants to the subject-specific, performance-based assessment edTPA; provide examples of best practices to effectively implement edTPA; identify strategies when supporting candidates during instruction and implementation; and describe methods for using and learning from edTPA evidence. 


3:30-4:30 P.M. 

New: edTPA Implementation Series Part 2: Preparing to Implement edTPA 


3:30-4:30 P.M. 

New: edTPA Implementation Series Part 3: Supporting Candidates during Instruction and Implementation  


3:30-4:30 P.M. 


New: edTPA Implementation Series Part 4: Learning from edTPA 


3:30-4:30 P.M. 

New: Understanding Academic Language in edTPA: Supporting Learning and Language Development 

In this webinar, a member of the edTPA National Academy and/or representative(s) from a Texas educator preparation program will provide participants with an overview of academic language and demonstrate how academic language is an integral construct in edTPA through the lens of equitable instructional practices.


3-4 P.M. 

New: edTPA Handbook and Rubric Deep Dive 


In this workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will guide participants through a close examination of the edTPA tasks and rubrics, providing a deeper dive into what candidates are asked to think about, do, and write for each task as well as how candidate portfolios will be evaluated.  Additionally, several instrumental resources will be shared along with best practices from successful implementation. Furthermore, this session will provide guidelines and best practices for supporting candidates as they prepare for edTPA within participants’ program context. 


9 A.M- 3 P.M. 



New: edTPA 101: Orientation to Performance-Based, Subject-Specific Assessment 


This webinar is for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and P-12 partners who support teacher candidates and are new to edTPA. In this edTPA 101 webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of the purpose, development, and design of edTPA. Additionally, participants will examine what candidates provide as evidence for each of the edTPA tasks, engage in a review of the scoring process, and learn how to access key resources. 


3-4 P.M. 



New: Tools for edTPA Data Analysis: edReports and Results Analyzer 101 

This webinar is intended for edTPA Coordinators and edTPA Score Reporting Contacts. In this webinar, a Pearson representative will provide an overview and demonstration of Education Reports (edReports) and ResultsAnalyzer®(RA). Note: RA is an interactive reporting tool to review and analyze performance-assessment data. 


3-4 P.M. 


New: Texas Educator Residency Summit  

Save the date! The inaugural Texas Educator Residency Summit will be held this summer! Please join Texas Educator Preparation Programs, LEAs, and other experts in the Residency Field to learn & network. Registration information coming soon.  

6/29/22: 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. 

6/30/22: 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.



Update: Additional edTPA Workshops and Webinars: To find information about the workshops and webinars that will be offered between June and July 2022, please see Spring and Summer 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars. Please note: When you access the flyer, you will want to save the flyer locally (rather than open in Google docs) in order to select the registration links.

Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

Vetted Principal Residency Program Application 

Open Application, not required 


April 12, 2022- May 9, 2022 


Scores updated in ECOS 

May 18, 2022 

New: Title II IPRC 

Complete annual Title II IPRC Reporting at

June 30, 2022 

School Counselor Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #152.  

September 6, 2022 

Trade & Industrial Education 6-12 Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #270. 

September 6, 2022 

ELAR 4-8 Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #117. 

October 30, 2022 

Table Of Contents

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA.   

As an Educator Preparation Program, your main point of contact is your Education Specialist.   

  • Or, EPPs (and candidates) may call (512) 936-8400 and select Option #5: Educator Preparation Programs. If an Education Specialist is not available to answer the call at that time, please leave a voicemail. An Education Specialist will promptly return the call.  

If EPPs (and candidates) would like to speak to a representative from another area(s), they may submit a Help Desk Ticket or contact (512) 936-8400 and select one of the options listed below. 

  • Option 2: Educator Certification  
  • Option 3: Fingerprinting  
  • Option 6: Investigations 
  • Option 8: General Office Information 

The Teal Account Access team and Educator Testing team are available through the Help Desk. Links to both teams are below. 

Educator Preparation Program Support

New: Coming Soon: ELAR Capacity Building Opportunity 
As programs across Texas prepare for meeting the needs of their secondary ELAR candidates, TEA and  TeachingWorks will offer the opportunity to apply for a capacity building series of virtual professional learning opportunities for teacher educators in Texas. More information is coming soon for those interested in applying to participate in these capacity-building efforts. 

New: Title II IPRC Reporting portal now open 
The Title II website is now available for all EPPs to complete their required federal reporting. All EPP Title II representatives should have received notification via email. If your EPP’s Title II reporting lead did not receive an email, please reach out to 

To begin, please log in to the system. Go to and select "Submit Reports" in the upper righthand corner of the webpage. Your username and password remain the same. To recover a username or password, select "Forgot your username or password?" and enter your email. To add a user, email with Name, Title, Institution, Phone, and Email. 

For support in completing this report, please visit for links to a Glossary of Key Terms and Reporting Requirements. A new user manual will be added soon. Instructions are included in the reporting instrument. If you have specific questions, please email 

This reporting is due June 30. As a reminder, TEA does not provide technical support for this required federal reporting. We do, however, monitor EPP completion to ensure that all EPPs are in compliance with this requirement. 

New: Employment Data is Now Available 
Based on requests from the field, TEA is now making data sets available to EPPs that contain five years of employment data for finishers. This data was first made available last year, and we have updated it with the new 2021-2022 employment data. These data sets include TEA IDs, LEA of employment, Campus, Course Assignments, Population Served, and Pay. If your EPP wants to receive these data sets, please file a Help Desk Ticket requesting the Employment Data sets for your EPP. We will then send them securely via email. 

In the future this information will be reported through our Insight to Impact Dashboards. However, while those dashboards are still in development, we are making this data available to EPPs. 

2022 Vetted Principal Residency Program List Application 
TEA has opened the next cycle of the Vetted Principal Residency Program application for EPPs that are implementing principal residency models. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will receive communication about their application status accordingly.  

EPPs designated as vetted principal residency programs during the Spring 2022 application cycle are eligible to partner with awarded school districts who may be looking for EPP partnerships to leverage principal residency grant funds during principal residency grant cycle 6 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Application for the principal residency grant cycle 6 (district-facing) will open in early Fall 2022.  

Key Application Information: 

  • Application Materials: The 2022 Vetted Principal Residency Program Application Request includes application directions, submission checklists, EPP Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) and the link to the application. There is also a video application overview walking through the major components of the application. 
  • Application Submission Timeline: 4/12/22- 5/09/22  
  • Final Application Status Communication: May 30, 2022, though all applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  
  • FAQ Submission Information: Please email any questions to by April 19, 2022. Your questions will then be populated into an FAQ that will be posted soon to the page Program Provider Resources. 



Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

Reminder: TExES 291 Core Subjects EC-6 Exam Scores for Certificate Recommendation 
The 291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam retired as of December 31, 2021, after a one-year period during which both the old 291 Core Subjects EC-6 and new 391 Core Subjects EC-6 were available. The intent of this one-year overlap period was to support candidates who had passed some but not all subtests of the 291 exam to complete the composite before the exam retirement. During the 2021 calendar year, first time test takers should have taken the new 391 exam. The last date by which a passing score on the 291 exam can be used for certification recommendation is December 30, 2022. EPPs should be proactively communicating with all candidates who intend to use a passing score on the 291 exam for certificate recommendation on or before the December 30, 2022 deadline.  

Because TEA has received questions regarding candidates who are completing or will be completing an internship, we have provided additional information below to help address these questions.   

Candidates Completing Internships: EPPs who have candidates completing internships while holding Intern (INT) or Probationary (PRO) certificates issued with a 291 exam should evaluate if candidates will be able to complete all requirements to meet the December 30, 2022 deadline for Standard (STD) certificate recommendation.  

  • Candidates who will complete their internship on or before December 30, 2022 can be recommended for STD certificate with their passing 291 (and 293 STR) exam scores.  
  • If the internship will be completed after December 30, 2022, the candidate must take the 391 exam (and 293 STR) and have a passing score to qualify for the STD certificate. 
  • The last day to use passing scores for the 291 exam for any certificate recommendation is December 30, 2022.  
  • NOTE: Please remember 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(B)(ix) requires the candidate to receive a successful internship recommendation from the assigned field supervisor and campus administrator at the end of the internship.  

BTLPT Score Reporting Adjustments for June, July, and August 2022 
The reporting timeline has been adjusted for three exam administrations of the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish (190) in June, July, and August 2022. Pearson is implementing internal system updates for 190 that require a 7-day extension in the reporting period for only these three administrations. The adjustment does not apply to any other 190 administrations or to any other exam in the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program. The adjusted reporting dates for the June, July, and August 2022 exam administrations are available in the BTLPT Spanish score reporting table. 

End of Introductory Period for School Counselor and PPR for Trade & Industrial Education 
The School Counselor (252) and PPR for T&I (370) exam introductory period will run through May 2, 2022. A cut score has been established and can be found in Chapter 151. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations. 

Final Exam Frameworks Available 
All new assessments will have frameworks released about 12-18 months before the scheduled launch date announced on the Teacher Certification Redesign page. This marks the time to begin implementing changes to your internal systems and curriculum. Final exam frameworks are available for the exams below, and one-page informational documents will be available soon.  

The Early Childhood: PK–3 #292 is not an exam available to be taken under the "Certification by Exam" option. It requires specific coursework and training to be completed with an Approved Educator Preparation Program. Please contact an approved educator preparation program for exam approval. The Early Childhood PK-3 FAQ is now available to address common inquiries.


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.   

New: The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) met on Friday, April 29, 2022. The agenda for this meeting is available on April 29, 2022 SBEC Meeting Agenda | Texas Education Agency, and the meeting’s recording can be found on Admin Monitor - Texas - Texas Education Agency. At this meeting, the SBEC took formal action to approve the three-year implementation timeline for edTPA as Texas’s pedagogical exam. Additionally, the SBEC approved the Continuing Education and Training Clearinghouse 

New: Bilingual Special Education Educator Standards Advisory Committee Application
 At the April 29, 2022 SBEC meeting, the SBEC approved TEA staff to establish an Educator Standards Advisory Committee for the Bilingual Special Education certificate area in response to HB 2256, which requires the implementation of a new Bilingual Special Education educator certificate. This new certification area would ensure that there are teachers with special training in providing instruction to students of limited English proficiency with disabilities.  

The Bilingual Special Education Educator Standards Advisory Committee (BSE-ESAC) will: 

  • Develop educator standards aligned with statute 
  • Advise on issues related to the certificate area more broadly 

TEA staff is seeking committee member applications from the SBEC, professional organizations, educator preparation programs, teacher organizations, and other key stakeholders to ensure the selection represents a diverse group of highly qualified educators. The application submission period begins on May 2, 2022 and ends June 1, 2022.  

The application for the Bilingual Special Education Educator Standards Advisory Committee can be accessed here. All applications should be submitted via the application link on or before the June 1, 2022 deadline.  

*TEA staff will review applications, identify between 8-12 committee members, and recommend committee members to the SBEC for approval at the July 22, 2022 SBEC meeting. 


Program Spotlight

In each newsletter, we aim to celebrate the great work from EPPs around Texas.

Program Spotlight Nomination Form 
TEA has created a process to gather information about the wonderful practices, partnerships, and initiatives conducted by EPPs. If you would like to nominate your EPP or another EPP you’ve worked with, please complete and submit the Program Spotlight Nomination Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Education Specialist. 



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

Q: Is it advisable that non-teacher candidates hold a district permit during the practicum? 
A: District permits are not advisable for candidates enrolled in an EPP since an emergency permit does not count towards EPP requirements. Candidates in EPPs should take advantage of the intern and probationary certificates available to them. The requirements for non-teacher intern certificates are found in 19 §230.36(e)(1)-(3) and 19 §230.36(e)(4)(B) for Principal as Instructional Leader (PIL) Non-teachers are not required to have a passed content exam for issuance of an intern certificate. The exception is the PIL candidate. PIL candidates are required to have a passed TExES #268 PIL exam for issuance of an intern certificate. 

The requirements for non-teacher probationary certificates are found in 19 TAC §230.37(e). Candidates must have passed the appropriate content pedagogy exam. The content pedagogy exam is the TExES #268 PIL exam. 


TEA Updates

Additional updates on initiatives and opportunities from the TEA.  

New: Save the Date: Texas Educator Residency Summit: June 29- June 30 
Please join us for the first ever Texas Educator Residency Summit! During the summit, you will have the opportunity to learn from local partnerships and other experts in the field about residency practices that not only prepare our Texas teachers with the tools they need but also support local teacher pipeline development. All EPPs and school partners are welcome and encouraged to attend. Whether you are planning for the next phase of scaling your residency implementation or looking to get started, there will be opportunities to learn for all. The Summit will be held virtually from June 29 – June 30. Registration information will be shared next week in the May 10 newsletter.  

New: TEA is Hiring – Senior Analyst for Instructional Support 
The Educator Data, Research, and Strategy division is hiring a new Senior Data Analyst. This role will lead the team doing program evaluation and other analytical work to support the Instructional Support department. This department houses several initiatives, including: 

This is a great career opportunity for folks who have a rich understanding of K-12 education policy and practices, solid analytical and technical skills, and skills in supporting and leading a team. 

The position posting is here:  

Teacher Vacancy Task Force 
TEA established the Teacher Vacancy Task Force to address ongoing staffing concerns that have been exacerbated by both population growth and the wide-ranging disruptions of a two-year-long pandemic. The Teacher Vacancy Task Force is working to find teacher-shaped solutions to these challenges, blending a variety of perspectives and experiences from current classroom teachers and school administrators into thoughtful policy recommendations and an innovative way forward that firmly supports the needs of our teachers. For more information, please go to Teacher Vacancy Task Force Overview 


Resources at a Glance

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   

PASL Videos

ETS and TEA have worked together to create instructional videos to orient faculty, staff, and candidates to the requirements of the PASL test. Video one provides a general overview of PASL, its content, and scoring/reporting procedures. Video two provides a more in-depth overview of the tasks associated with the assessment. Full requirements, descriptions, and resources may be found in the PASL Candidate and Educator handbook.   

PASL Video One: 

TEA Dyslexia Training 

TEALearn has a new dyslexia training, TEA Dyslexia, that has been made available (at no cost) to candidates who are seeking an initial certification for all certification classes. Information about the training and how to enroll can be found on the TEA Learn platform. NOTE: For candidates who have not yet been issued an intern, probationary, or standard certificate, please follow the steps noted on the webpage, Dyslexia Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs, to enroll in the course.   

If you have any questions or need assistance accessing TEA Dyslexia, please contact or submit a TEALearn Help Desk ticket. 

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 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.  

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