June 1, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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June 1, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


"Your feelings are valid. You have every right to feel whatever emotion you want. You aren't overreacting; You're feeling, and that's okay." - Anonymous 

What should have been a week of excitement and joy as the K-12 school year ends with award ceremonies and promotions, quickly became a week of shock and sadness over the events of the tragic shooting in Uvalde. Our hearts are with the Uvalde community along with each parent, guardian, family member, and educator that has been affected by the events. As we spend time internally processing, know that your emotions, whatever they may be, are valid. Spend a little extra time with your loved ones. Hold them a little tighter, take the extra minute to give them a hug, and find time for self-care. As educators, we will continue to be resilient in our efforts to bring about the change needed to keep our students safe. 

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 

New: Secondary ELAR Professional Learning Series 

Secondary ELAR learning series [virtual] for teacher educators in Texas to build skills and knowledge to prepare teacher candidates seeking ELAR certification. Please see the program overview and the content below for more information. 


Application window 


edTPA Handbook and Rubric Deep Dive 

This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and school partners who support teacher candidates. 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. 

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. 

Webinar Series: edTPA Implementation, Support for the Change Process  

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. 

Pt. 1 6/16/22 

Pt. 2 6/30/22 

3-4 p.m. 

Academic Language in edTPA: Supporting Learning and Language Development 

This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and school partners who support teacher candidates. In this workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with 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. 


9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

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. Register here for the Texas Educator Residency Summit.  


6/29: 8:30-4:00 pm 6/30: 8:30- 12:00 pm (Virtual)  

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   


Resubmission Scores updated in ECOS 

June 29, 2022 

Title II IPRC 

Complete annual Title II IPRC Reporting at https://title2.ed.gov/ 

June 30, 2022 

ELAR 4-8 #217 

New Introductory Passing Standard  

(Below committee recommendation) 

September 2, 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 

Core Subjects EC-6 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #291 

December 30, 2022 

LOTE Spanish #613 

New Passing Standard 

January 9, 2023 

ELAR 4-8 #217 

New Passing Standard 

(At committee recommendation) 

September 1, 2023 

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: Standard Certificate Recommendation Reminders 
As candidates become eligible for standard certification, TEA would like to remind EPPs of the following: 

  • Candidates must apply and pay for their standard certificate through their TEAL account. Candidates can find the TEAL Login link at the top of the TEA website 
  • A passed TExES certification exam does not automatically issue a certificate. 
  • The EPP is responsible for logging into the Educator Online Certification System (ECOS) and recommending candidates as appropriate. 
  • TEA does not recommend certificates on behalf of the EPP. 

If the EPP allows the candidate to apply for standard certification prior to completing all certification requirements, make sure the candidate knows the standard certification cannot be recommended until all certification requirements are met. 

TEA has received an increase in candidate calls and Help Desk tickets checking in on the status of their standard certificate recommendation. TEA is advising candidates to wait for the certificate recommendation from their educator preparation program. Please provide candidates with accurate guidance regarding the standard certification process. If the EPP recommends certifications in a specific timeframe, please share that information with your candidates. If the EPP requires candidates to notify the EPP of the standard certificate application, make sure candidates are aware of that process.  

We appreciate your ongoing support with your candidates as they work towards standard certification. 

New: Internship Placements for Candidates Certifying in Special Education 
To support candidates who seek to complete an internship in Special Education EC-12, it is important to remember to collaborate with the employing district regarding any content specific certifications that may be needed for the assignment. The employing district should be able to provide specific information regarding the content certificates needed for a Special Education assignment and the EPP can then verify the candidate meets the requirements for the assignment. Districts and EPPs may use the Teacher Assignment Chart found on TEA’s Certification website and the Special Education assignment rules found in 19 TAC §231.701 to determine the appropriate certification(s) for a Special Education assignment.  

As the certifying entity, it is the responsibility of the EPP to ensure the internship placement is appropriate. The internship placement must allow the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the Special Education educator standards.  

Thanks for all you do to make sure candidates are placed in appropriate settings for an internship.  

New: Secondary ELAR Professional Learning Series: Application has Launched  
In response to program feedback, from September through November 2022, the TEA and Teaching Works will provide a series of virtual professional learning opportunities for teacher educators in Texas with the following goals:   

  • Support participants to continue building their own content knowledge for teaching English Language Arts with a focus on the new Texas Research Based Instructional Practices;  
  • Support participants to continue building their understanding of and skill with teaching high-leverage teaching practices that are required to teach English Language Arts to children; and  
  • Support participants in building their ability to help teacher candidates develop curriculum literacy, or capability with analyzing and adapting published curriculum materials to meet the needs of students, contexts, and purposes. 

Please see the program overview for more information and apply here if interested in participating. As this is a commitment of time and effort, all accepted applicants will receive a course release stipend; please see the above application for details. All applications are due by end of the day on July 1, 2022.  

Education Specialist Assignments 
The Education Specialist Assignments have been updated on the Program Provider Resources page, and the list can be found under Forms and Documents. In the list, you will notice that The Educator Preparation Team has welcomed their newest colleague, Melonie Godeaux, who is incredibly excited with the opportunity to work with and support her assigned EPPs. Melonie comes to TEA with over 18 years of educational experience and has served in a variety of roles including classroom teacher, mentor, curriculum writer, instructional specialist, advanced academics coordinator, and campus administrator. Please join us in welcoming Melonie! 

Field-Based Experiences 
As candidates are completing their preservice requirements in preparation for entering the classroom in the fall, here are some reminders about field-based experiences (FBE) activities. 19 TAC §228.35(b)(1) and §228.35(e)(1) require an EPP to provide candidates at least 30 clock-hours of early field-based experiences prior to beginning clinical teaching or internship. At least 15 hours of those experiences must be interactive with students in a classroom setting. The other 15 may be interactive but they may also be observations in a classroom setting or may be completed by viewing videos of students receiving instruction in a classroom setting. The teachers responsible for the instructional settings in which the FBE occur must be content-certified teachers. If the EPP allows FBE hours to be completed in a summer school setting, then the EPP must verify the FBE activity meets the requirements: 

(i) authentic school settings in a public school accredited by the TEA or other school approved by the TEA for this purpose; 

(ii) instruction by content certified teachers; 

(iii) actual students in classrooms/instructional settings with identity-proof provisions; 

(iv) content or grade-level specific classrooms/instructional settings; and 

(v) written reflection of the observation.

The FBE rules require the FBE activities to be “under the direction of the EPP.” Some EPPs guide candidates by providing a list of options for interaction with students and options for what they want candidates to look for in an observation. Some examples of acceptable interactive activities that we have heard from EPPs are that candidates may participate in, or facilitate, small groups, labs, or tutoring (one on one or in groups), may teach all or part of a lesson to students, or facilitate cooperative learning teams. 

Strong partnerships between EPPs and the districts they serve promote and support communications and expectations around FBE requirements. 

End-of-Semester Reminders 
As the academic year is wrapping up and candidates are completing their clinical teaching, internship, or practicum requirements, it is a great time to engage in some record-keeping. Listed below are some end-of-semester reminders that can be completed now. 

  • Collect and retain the recommendations of a successful clinical experience from the field supervisor and appropriate campus personnel. 
  • Update the Finisher Records List with candidate status. 
  • Upload observations for each candidate. 
  • Ensure an admission record was created for each candidate. 
  • Remind candidates about expiring exams and encourage them to work to achieve certification prior to the identified deadline(s). Please see the newsletter section, Upcoming Deadlines, that includes the last day to apply, and recommend candidates, for exams that will soon expire. 

Vetted Teacher Residency Program List: 2022 Approved Programs 
Congratulations to all programs who have been newly approved to the Texas Vetted Teacher Residency Program List for 2022! These programs are now eligible partners for districts seeking additional EPP partners for existing state grant opportunities aimed at building sustainable teacher residencies.  

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 title2@rti.org 

To begin, please log in to the system. Go to https://title2.ed.gov/ 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 title2@rti.org with Name, Title, Institution, Phone, and Email. 

For support in completing this report, please visit https://title2.ed.gov/Public/TA.aspx 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 title2@rti.org. 

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. 


Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

New Passing Standards for School Counselor and PPR for Trade & Industrial Education 
The School Counselor (252) and PPR for T&I (370) exam introductory period ended on May 2, 2022. Adopted passing standards are found in Chapter 151. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations. 

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. You may review the scheduled report dates in the score reporting table. 

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.   

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 by selecting the link- https://forms.office.com/r/gFisJFqbFN. 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 
Thank you to the individuals who have submitted the Program Spotlight Nomination Form to celebrate high-quality educator preparation work. Beginning in summer 2022, we plan on recognizing nominated EPPs that exemplify best practices, strategic partnerships, and initiatives that enrich and support candidate development and student learning. 



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

Q: While reviewing our EPP’s recommendation list, we found a certificate application for a candidate who was not enrolled in our EPP. How should we handle this? 
A: If you can verify that the candidate is not a part of the EPP please go ahead and remove the certificate application. This happens from time-to-time when a candidate selects the wrong EPP entity when applying for certification. If you need help verifying the candidate’s current or past enrollment, please contact your Education Specialist. 

Q: Our EPP is unable to view PASL scores from the recent submission for our Principal as instructional Leader candidates. Does TEA have any information about this? 
A: There were problems with loading the PASL exam scores from May 18, 2022. Together, our technology team is actively working with ETS to resolve the issue and determine the cause of this failure. Please have your candidates who need to resubmit contact ETS as soon as possible if they need a late registration due to this error.  

TEA Updates

Additional updates on initiatives and opportunities from the TEA.  

Texas Ed Residency Summit

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. Register here for the Texas Educator Residency Summit. 

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: https://bit.ly/3MDwMCY  

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: https://vimeo.com/user127014634/download/669946029/6aa375f585 

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 specialeducation@tea.texas.gov 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 tea.texas.gov/str.   

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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