August 16, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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August 16, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


“Pre-season isn't just about conditioning but also getting used to each other as a team and a group of men. You spend more time with these people than you do your own family. Pre-season is the time we get used to each other and work out how people work. It can be a lot of fun. Hard but fun. “ - Colin Kazim-Richards 

Next week, I will give you all a break on the football quotes, but as pre-season kicked off over the weekend, I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a reminder of the purpose of pre-season. Pre-season is not about the win but about the learning and building of relationships. It is an opportunity to learn what works and what does not and to make changes along the way. I see the beginning of the year like pre-season. Whether it be a retreat, planning time, welcoming new faculty members, or ushering in new students, make sure you take the time to get to know your team (e.g., learning what makes them tick; what makes them successful), but most importantly, learn what needs to be done to have a great 2022-2023 academic year! 

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: edTPA 101 

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. 


September 7, 2022, 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

New: 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. 

Tuesday (Full Day) 

September 9, 2022, 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

New: edTPA Curriculum Inquiry  

This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, and supervisors who support teacher candidates. In this collaborative workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will provide opportunities for participants to review their programs’ scope and sequence and course syllabi to identify areas in which the constructs, measured by edTPA, are already embedded and could naturally be embedded. 

Thursday (Half Day) 

September 16, 2022, 

9a.m. – 12 p.m. 

New: Supporting the Change Process for 

Educator Preparation Programs, 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. 


September 27, 2022, 

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

*Please view the Fall 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars calendar linked here. 

Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

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. 

Countdown to ASEP Reporting

Updates related to Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) Reporting 

To assist EPPs with completing ASEP Reporting with ease, we have developed weekly reminders for those staff working on ASEP Reporting at each EPP. Each week, you will receive a reminder in this EPP Newsletter that includes timely tasks to successfully complete reporting for 2021-22 by September 15, 2022.  

Week 5 ASEP Task Reminders: Enter all observations.
Verify that all your observations for 2021-2022 (9/1/21 - 8/31/22) have been included or uploaded. Observations must be uploaded for all teacher and non-teacher candidates completing clinical teaching, internship, or practicum. Ensure that all your field supervisors are on your field supervisor list in ASEP. If they are not there, please enter them so observations for candidates assigned to a particular field supervisor can be uploaded. Complete the Request for Exception (RFE) form if necessary to submit an exception for any candidates from the observations data calculations. The ASEP Observation RFE Form is located on the
Program Provider Resources page under ASEP Reporting 2021-2022 Forms. 

You can download the observation report in ECOS into a spreadsheet to assist with verifying observations that have been reported to date. Go to ASEP / Observation Report / Enter Academic Year 2021-2022 / Download Spreadsheet to verify. 

Please note that the requirement to conduct observations for the 2021-2022 academic year was not waived. While 19 TAC §228.1(e) allowed for the use synchronous virtual settings or asynchronous virtual settings, the requirements in 19 TAC §228.35(g)(1-8) regarding frequency, duration, and format were not removed. In 2021-2022, all teacher candidates were required to have all required observations in a face-to-face format. 

Updated: ASEP Webinar and FAQs.
The ASEP webinar presented on August 3, 2022, is now posted on the
Program Provider Resources page. You can find the webinar and FAQ document under the EPP Training Events and Materials section. We hope you find the information helpful! 

NOTE: If you missed the last four ASEP Task Reminders, you may find the reminders on the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletters | Texas Education Agency page of the website, beginning with the July 19, 2022, EPP newsletter.  


Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management  

Virtual Observation Guidance for the 2022-2023 Academic Year 
The virtual field supervision rules the SBEC took action on at the February 2022 SBEC meeting become effective as of September 1, 2022 and will be applicable for the 2022-23 academic year and onward. The item (linked here) includes the updated rule related to virtual observations. NOTE: In all cases, candidates are still required to have some observations conducted in-person. 

The chart below summarizes the number of observations that can be conducted virtually by teacher preparation route.  

Candidate Population 

If EPPs Conduct Only In-Person Observations 

If EPPs Conduct In-Person and Virtual Observations 

Intern Certificate Holders 


3 in-person and 2 virtually 

28-Week Clinical Teaching 


2 in-person and 2 virtually 

  • Probationary Certificate Holders 
  • 14-Week Clinical Teaching 


2 in-person and 2 virtually 

*Individuals who are seeking more than one certificate field are required to receive more observations based on the total number of certificate fields being sought. 

In addition to the table above, TEA highly encourages all EPPs to read the Adopted State Board for Educator Certification Rules – Not Yet Effective to understand the full scope of the virtual observation allowance.


Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

Exam Deadline Reminders 
School Counselor #152 and PPR for Trade & Industrial #270 can only be used for certification through September 6, 2022.  The informational one-pagers for both exams are available on the Teacher Certification Redesign webpage 

ELAR #117 can only be used for certification through October 30, 2022.  The ELAR 4-8 (217) informational one-pager is available to address timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch 

Purchasing Exam Vouchers 
Certification exam vouchers are available for purchase by educator preparation programs to provide candidates with codes to be used during registration for a Texas educator certification exam. NOTE: The Exam Voucher Purchase Request Form and FAQs for purchasing certification exam vouchers can be found on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website 

Practice exam codes are available for purchase by educator preparation programs to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for practice examinations. 

For questions or comments, send an email to 

Candidates are responsible for ensuring that the name shown in their testing account matches (excluding suffix, middle name or initial, spaces, and special characters such as hyphens, accents, and apostrophes) the first and last name on the ID documents that will be presented at the test center. 

If their ID documents do not match the first and last name used when they registered, they will be prohibited from testing and their exam fees will be forfeited. 

A name change request can be submitted via the TEA Help Desk at least 12 business days before their exam date. 

Educator Certification 

EPPs’ Role in Certification Assignment Flexibilities 
As the academic year approaches, school districts are diligently working to hire educators that meet their districts’ needs. Although the hiring flexibilities primarily fall within the purview of the school district, EPPs may have a role in supporting their EPP candidates and partnering school districts.  

Listed below are frequently asked questions TEA has received from EPPs regarding certification assignment flexibilities. NOTE: These flexibilities are not applicable for special education, bilingual, or ESL assignments due to federal requirements and state statutes. 

Teacher Certification Waiver 

  • Does the EPP have any responsibilities for their EPP candidate who is working in a district on a certification waiver? 

    • Yes, the EPP should provide preparation (e.g., test preparation) and work with their partnering school district to encourage the candidate to finish the program requirements (e.g., pass required exams) to qualify for an SBEC-issued credential as quickly as possible since the activities and service on a certificate waiver do not count towards completion of EPP preparation and certification requirements. The moment the candidate can qualify for an SBEC-approved credential (e.g., Intern certificate), the EPP must recommend the candidate for the credential.  
  • For an EPP candidate who has been issued an SBEC-approved certificate (i.e., Intern or Probationary), can they qualify for a teacher certification waiver?  

    • Yes, a certification waiver could be issued to a candidate who is enrolled in an EPP on an Intern or Probationary certificate; however, prior to considering approval of the request, TEA staff would seek additional information to determine why the assignment cannot be covered with an SBEC-issued credential (e.g., EPP candidate is needed to teach in an area outside of those approved by the EPP).  

  • How long may an individual be employed as a teacher on a certification waiver?
    • The educator may serve on a certification waiver for up to 3 years. The certification waiver must first be approved by the local board of trustees, and the district must apply for and request each certification waiver based on their district’s needs (i.e., needs in teaching assignments and other teaching assignments), and the Commissioner must approve each request before serving on a certificate waiver.  

SBEC-Approved Emergency Permits

  • Who may serve on an emergency permit?
    • Aspiring educators who have a conferred bachelor's degree (or higher degree) or educators who are certified in another classroom teaching area, may serve on the SBEC-approved emergency permit. NOTE: Educators already certified as a classroom teacher and serving on the emergency permit must be registered for the requisite teaching assignment’s exam at its next administration date.  

  • What is the EPP’s role to support their EPP candidates for the SBEC-Approved Emergency Permit? 

    • The EPP may complete the Statement of Eligibility (SOE), indicating what the EPP candidate is qualified to teach. Once the district has received the SOE from the EPP, this should be sufficient in completing the emergency permit request. NOTE: The requirement to be registered for the next testing date (as noted in the FAQ above) is specific to individuals who are already certified as a classroom teacher and only need to pass exams to qualify for issuance of a new certificate area.

  • Where can I find more information about emergency permits?

School District Teaching Permit 

  • What should an EPP know about the school district teaching permit?
    • There are two types of school district teaching permits (SDTPs). The Noncore Academic CTE SDTP is used by districts to notify the commissioner of education about the placement of an individual into CTE course assignments that are not eligible to satisfy foundation graduation credit in mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies. This process is vetted by the superintendent and local board of trustees, and by provisions in statute (TEC 21.055), there is no approval needed by the commissioner of education.  The SDTP for Other Than Noncore Academic CTE teaching assignments does require commissioner of educator review and approval for individuals to teach core subject area course. This process must also be vetted by the superintendent and local board of trustees prior to submitting a completed application to TEA. The school district teaching permit once issued, and regardless of type, is valid for the duration that the individual remains employed and in good standing with the district.  
    • Most school district teaching permits requested are for noncore academic CTE assignments and do not require commissioner approval. TEA strongly discourages utilizing school district teaching permits as data indicates that candidates do not complete requirements for an SBEC-approved certificate.  NOTE: Certified educators are not eligible for issuance of a school district teaching permit. More information about school district teaching permits can be found on the page, School District Teaching Permits | Texas Education Agency.

Districts of Innovation Plan  

  • What should an EPP know about the District of Innovations’ (DOI) Plans?
    • A school district develops their DOI plan based on their districts’ needs that will support their ability to hire hard-to-fill teaching assignments. Districts work with their legal counsel and local school board to develop, amend, and approve the districts’ DOI plans. Districts are required to notify TEA of their plans, but TEA does not have the authority to approve or reject the plans. More information about DOIs can be found on the page, Districts of Innovation.  
  • May an EPP support their EPP candidate who is teaching in a DOI?
    • Yes. There is nothing in TAC that would prohibit an EPP from supporting their EPP candidate (e.g., supervising, coaching) who is teaching in a DOI. It should be noted though that the activities and service in a DOI do not count towards a candidate’s completion of EPP requirements. 

Program Spotlight

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

Reminder: Do you know of exemplar educator preparation work happening in Texas? We want to spotlight this excellent work in our great state! 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 Kelly Torrey ( or your Education Specialist. 


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

Q: Do we have to put a "0" for subject area hours and subject area GPA for non-teacher candidates or can we just leave those areas blank?  
A: The subject area hours and subject area GPA can be left blank for non-teacher candidates which includes candidates seeking certification in the Principal, Superintendent, School Counselor, School Librarian, Educational Diagnostician, or Reading Specialist certificate areas. If using the bulk upload option, remember to ensure the correct number of commas in each row even when leaving some areas blank so that blank spaces do not interfere with the upload. 

Q: Where can we find the teacher shortage areas for the 2022-2023 academic year? 
A: You can find the teacher shortage areas for the upcoming academic year on the TEA’s Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers webpage. You can also find this link on the TEA’s Certification Announcements and Updates webpage which includes updates to educator certification. 

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 need technical assistance please submit a TEALearn Help Desk ticket. For dyslexia course content questions, please send an email to 

For More Information...

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

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.  

Information regarding the current Texas certification exams can be found on the 2021-2022 Required Test Chart for Texas Certification. 

Educator account setup instructions can be found on the TEA’s Educator Certification Online System website. 

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