December 7, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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December 7, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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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.   


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Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

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 

Upcoming Events  



Event Date & Time 

Webinar: Clinical Experience Records Training 

This webinar will provide training on the features and use of the new Clinical Experience Records function for ECOS Entities users. Certification Officers and those with ASEP Update permission will benefit from this training. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2022 9:30 am 

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

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management 

Reminder: EPP ASEP Fee Invoices Now Past Due! 

Payment of the annual ASEP Technology Fee was due 11/17 for all EPPs. TEA sent notice to those EPPs who were delinquent in payment. If your EPP has not yet completed payment, you must do so immediately to avoid potential negative consequences. 

TEA sent invoices to the EPP Legal Authority and Backup Legal Authority. Additional information about the ASEP Technology Fee is located in the Texas Administrative Code at 19 TAC §229.9. As a reminder, failure to submit this payment may result in the SBEC revoking your EPP’s accreditation, per 19 TAC §229.4(b)((3)(C). 


Educator Standards and Testing 

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

New: 2022-2023 edTPA Option Support LOI Now Closed 

The edTPA Option Support LOI competitive grant application window is now closed, with an anticipated award announcement date of 1/10/2023. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact DeMarco Pitre (   

Reminder: Last Date for Application/Recommendation for Certification Using the Core Subjects EC-6 #291 Exam 

The last day for candidates to complete all requirements, including applying and recommending for certification using exam #291 is Friday, December 30th at 5 p.m. CT. If your candidate still needs to complete the STR exam, they must take the exam by December 11th to receive their score report on December 23rd. This is the last score reporting date to meet this deadline. The score reporting schedule is available on the Pearson website. Please make sure your office reviews your recommendation list on December 30th to monitor late applications. The #291 will no longer be valid to use for certification beginning December 31st. 

Reminder: 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 here are eligible to be scoring professionals (raters) for the PASL assessment. 


DID YOU KNOW? EPPs can track the number of times a candidate has taken a particular exam with data available within the ResultsAnalyzer® section of the edReports website. Administrators can review the data to determine if candidates are approaching or have reached the five-attempt limit. 

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 State Board for Educator Certification will meet on Friday, December 9th beginning at 8:30 AM. The meeting agenda can be found on the SBEC webpage and the meeting can be streamed live via Admin Monitor.  


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

Q: If I am admitting a candidate who was previously enrolled in an EPP many years ago, do they still need to present a transfer form? 

 A: Yes. Even if the candidate was enrolled in another EPP many years ago, the admitting EPP will be able to see that the candidate was enrolled elsewhere at some point in time and will need a transfer form from that program, even if the program has no records for that candidate. The exception is if a candidate was enrolled in an EPP that is now closed, they may not have a transfer form in hand. In that case, you can contact TEA to verify that the candidate was removed from the closed EPP. In any case, both the admitting and sending EPP should save the transfer form documentation in your files.  

Q: Are candidates able to appeal the 291 to 391 exam transition if they are not eligible for a certificate after 12/30/2022, so they do not have to take 391 to be standard certified? 

 A: No. Exam transition timelines are not subject to appeal. TEA has communicated with EPPs about this transition since 2020, and EPPs should have been proactively communicating this timeline to candidates and providing appropriate guidance on completing the 291 vs. 391 exam. Please visit the Teacher Certification Redesign page for more information about exam transitions.  


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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