December 20, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency

December 20, 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.   

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Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

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 

Texas Teacher Preparation Program Quality Review Grant 

January 9, 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

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management  

New: Announcing the Newly Certified and Hired Dashboard 

The Newly Certified and New Teacher Hires Dashboard provides descriptions of the certification pathways of teachers entering the teacher labor market, and the connections between teacher preparation programs, certification pathways, and new teacher hires in Texas public schools.  

This suite of dashboards provides answers to several emergent questions, which are based on stakeholders, media and the general public interest. The dashboards will be publicly available in January 2023. The data behind the dashboards will be available for download. 

New: Texas Teacher Preparation Program Quality Review Grant Extension 

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 has been extended to January 9, 2023. 

Educator Standards and Testing 

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

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. 



If a candidate has scheduled an exam with Pearson and approval is removed in ECOS by the EPP, then the exam appointment will be automatically withdrawn. If the withdrawal occurs at least 48 hours before the scheduled exam appointment, the candidate will receive a refund in accordance with the Withdrawal/Refund Policy.  

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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