November 2, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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November 2 , 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


This newsletter compiles the most up-to-date information concerning what EPPs need to know to best support their faculty/instructors, staff, and candidates. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, To Dos, and FAQs.    

We encourage you to allow this week's quote to serve as a great reminder of one of the most important aspects of our profession (i.e., lifelong learning).   


Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.” - Unknown 


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Upcoming Deadlines



Action Item   

Due Date   

ASEP Technology Fee 

Ensure that payment is remitted per invoice sent on 10/17. 

November 17, 2022 

Texas Teacher Preparation Program Quality Review Grant 

December 13, 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 

(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

Educator Certification 

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management 

New: Texas Teacher Preparation Program Quality Review Grant  

 TEA has launched a grant application to support selected teacher preparation programs to participate in a quality review of their program.  The selected programs will engage with a vetted technical assistance provider who will facilitate a comprehensive review of program quality indicators in support of EPP continuous improvement. During this process, the TEA seeks to learn alongside the technical assistance provider and the selected programs to better understand best practices in quality reviews. The grant provides the in-kind technical assistance and funding for faculty/staff time for participation. If interested in applying, you can find the grant on the TEA Grant Opportunity Page. Once on the page, search 2022-2023 Texas Educator Preparation Program Quality Review Pilot.  The deadline to apply is December 13, 2022. 

 Reminder: EPP ASEP Fee Invoices 

On Monday, 10/17, TEA distributed invoices for the ASEP Technology Fee for 2021-2022 to EPPs. This fee is assessed for each candidate who was admitted to your educator preparation program during the 2021-2022 academic year. The number of candidates is taken from the number of individuals reported as admitted by your educator preparation program in ECOS. Additionally, as was the case last year, admissions for the prior year who were added this year via a data fix are included in the count. This is because they were not included in the prior year’s invoice. 

The invoice has payment information, including information about how to pay using ACH and how to submit a payment by mail. Credit cards are not accepted. Please note that ACH payment is encouraged. If programs would prefer to pay via a wire transfer, these instructions are available on request. 

TEA sent invoices to the EPP Legal Authority and Backup Legal Authority. Payment is due 30 days after sending. Additional information about the ASEP Technology Fee is located in the Texas Administrative Code at 19 TAC §229.9. 

 Reminder: EPP Assignment Updates 

The EPP team is currently in the process of updating the EPP Education Specialist assignments. Please reach out to Lorrie Ayers ( or Vanessa Alba ( while assignments are updated. 

Upcoming edTPA Supports

In this section, TEA will share updates, information, and support for programs choosing to utilize edTPA throughout the 2022-23 academic year. NOTE: edTPA remains to be an option for candidates to complete as their pedagogical exam in lieu of the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam. 



Event Date & Time 

 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. 


November 8, 2022 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

 Register HERE 

Texas edTPA Implementation Series: 

Supporting the Change Process for Educator Preparation Programs 



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. 

Learning from edTPA Evidence 


November 10, 2022, 

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 



Part 4 

Evaluating Candidate Performance 

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 opportunities for participants to review the edTPA rubrics, introduce a process for identifying and evaluating evidence within an edTPA portfolio, and identify ways in which the performance evaluation process can be used for continuous improvement. 

Thursday (Half Day) 

November 11, 2022 

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Register HERE 

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. 

Tuesday (Half Day) 

November 18, 2022, 

9a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Register HERE 

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

Educator Standards and Testing 

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

DID YOU KNOW? Online registration, rescheduling, and cancellation for the PASL closes on November 15, 2022.  

If schedule conflicts or unforeseen circumstances occur, individuals may need to reschedule their submission window or cancel their registration prior to the deadline. 


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

 Q: If we are going to recommend a Principal as Instructional Leader (PIL) candidate for a temporary certificate, which certificate should we recommend, an intern or probationary certificate?  

A: PIL programs should first recommend candidates for an intern certificate. Both the intern and probationary certificates for PIL candidate require a passed PIL exam per 19 TAC §230.36(e)(4)(B) and 19 TAC §230.37(e)(3), but the probationary certificate will not issue unless a TEA internal step is completed. Both the intern and probationary certificates for non-teachers require that the EPP field supervisor conduct three formal observations per 19 TAC §228.35(h)(1-3) 

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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