2017-2018 New SBEC/TEA Policy

2017-2018 Teacher Preparation Policy

On November 18, 2016 the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved seven rules adopted by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC). TEACH program will experience very few adjustments. Since TEACH instituted many of the new policy when it was authorized in 2005, very few, if any, adjustments are required. In particular, present or future enrollees will not experience any increases in program costs.


  • Two-licensure Route Implemented
  1. Intern Certificate: one-year eligibility requires prior challenge/pass content certification test in employment area.
  2. Probationary Certificate: two-year eligibility requires all certificate test (content area, PPR) challenged/passed.
  • Internship Coursework Hours
  1. SBEC/TEA requires 30/150 hours of course completion/observations before a teacher may enter the classroom.
  • Field Supervisor Observations
    TEACH requires, since its launching in 2005at least 5-Field Supervisor observations.
  • Clinical Teaching (student teacher) Length
    The Clinical Teaching experience length equals 14-weeks.
  • Late Hire Date Process Adjusted
  • TEACH Teachers encouraged to move quickly through required SBEC/TEA Rule when they enroll or request Leave from program.
  • TEACH will establish a definitive timeline for completing 1st-Phase to ensure all teachers are marketable within the 1st two to three months of enrolling in program.
  •  PPR TExES required before a Probationary Certificate is issued.
    Intern Certificate issued with PACT challenged/passed.
  • Technology-Based Instruction.
    TEACH, with a heavy foundation in technology weaved throughout portal courses and Enrichment Events, increases  technology instruction, as new devices/technology are introduced, without increasing Program Fees. TEACH has not increased program cost from $4500. TEACH will continue, since 2009, to offer discounts to defray the $4500 Program Fees.
  • TEA/SBEC Fee per enrollee added March 15, 2017, $55. TEA/SBEC. Fee included in the $4500 Program Fee.

JROTC Program

In partnership with the State of Texas the new JROTC certificate is available through TEACH. No content area exam is required if individual holds the JROTC certificate. Only TExES exam required is the EC-12 PPR. Call Dr. Q @ 512-928-8423 for more specific info!

Positions Abroad

Considering a  teaching position overseas? Check with us drq@checkteachercert.com

Requires an additional fee. Requires submitting a proposal to SBEC/TEA at least eight months in advance of clinical teaching experience start date.

Program Quality

Delivering a program online allows a teacher more resources at his/her “finger tips”.  Onsite courses are limited to the “time on task” in the classroom. They are limited to the experiences/knowledge of the professor delivering the course. Thus, the online delivery of TEACH ensures the teacher higher teacher prep foundation with additional information and enrichment.

Teacher Marketability

Teachers who hold a Standard Certificate are most marketable!!!  In other words, districts are maintaining larger than ever pools of certified teachers, they do not require teachers who only hold a Probationary Certificate issued by an ATC program. Such pools do not always meet the hiring needs of a school. When opening new schools and launching new programs, schools must hire new teachers outside of the pool.

Where do districts find new teachers? Most often schools would rather hire from within. How do teachers position themselves for such hiring? Sometimes, through job fairs, recruiting events or, hold strong connections to district personnel? That will work! The best way, though, “to get your foot in the door” is to serve a 12 or 14 week student teacher internship. Making yourself invaluable, during the internship, to the administrators, teachers, and children. Developing strong contacts, relationships, and connections with everyone on campus will ensure that you are offered a teaching position in the future.  TEACH can certainly assist you with such an internship.

Status of Schools

The economy is improving and the Texas student population continues to grow. 

12.2.15: Several schools throughout Texas need teachers, ASAP. Contact, Rebbeca Hart @ rebecca.hart@tjjd.texas.gov for specific info. You may also call her at 512-490-7680.

That said, districts are opening the new schools they closed in the past 2-years.  In addition, they are adding new programs which require adding new teachers.

School districts are forced to open new schools, launch new programs, re-instate sideline programs, subsequently, hire more teachers for all such ventures.  Only, through growth can school districts meet the demands of the growing student population teaching & learning needs.