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Certification and Renewal

CPE Hours

Continuing professional education (CPE) is required to renew a standard certificate.
  • Classroom teachers must complete 150 CPE hours.
  • If you hold a professional certificate you must complete 200 CPE hours.
    • Administrative and student services are professional certificates

Dyslexia CPE training is required for educators who teach students with dyslexia and must include new research and practices in educating students with dyslexia.

At least 80% of the CPE activites shall be directly related to the certificate(s) being renewed and focus on the standards required for the initial issuance of the certificate(s). 

 

TEACHER CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

Holders of the Standard Classroom Teacher Certificate shall complete 150 clock-hours of CPE every five years. Specific requirements are contained in TAC §232.11 of this title (relating to Requirements to Renew the Standard Classroom Teacher Certificate).

​An individual who holds a classroom teacher certificate cannot count more than 25% of the CPE activities toward renewal for an individual who holds a classroom teacher certificate shall include instruction in the following topics:
(A)  collecting and analyzing information that will improve effectiveness in the classroom;
(B)  recognizing early warning indicators that a student may be at risk of dropping out of school;
(C)  digital learning, digital teaching, and integrating technology into classroom instruction;
(D)  educating students with disabilities, including mental health disorders;
(E)  educating students who are educationally disadvantaged;
(F)  educating English language learners;
(G)  educating students at risk of dropping out of school; and
(H)  understanding appropriate relationships, boundaries, and communications between educators and students.
For more specific information on what qualifies as appropriate CPE credit, see TAC §232.11.
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PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

Holders of the Standard Principal Certificate shall complete 200 clock-hours of CPE every five years. Specific requirements are contained in TAC §241.30 of this title (relating to Requirements to Renew the Standard Principal Certificate).

​An individual who holds a principal certificate that is renewed on or after June 1, 2019, must complete CPE activities directly related to each of the topics listed in subparagraphs (A)-(J) of this paragraph. Not more than 25% of the CPE activities for an individual who holds a principal certificate shall include instruction in the following topics:
(A)  collecting and analyzing information;
(B)  making decisions and managing time;
(C)  supervising student discipline and managing behavior;
(D)  recognizing early warning indicators that a student may be at risk of dropping out of school;
(E)   digital learning, digital teaching, and integrating technology into campus curriculum and instruction;
(F)   educating students with disabilities, including mental health disorders;
(G)  educating students who are educationally disadvantaged;
(H)  educating English language learners;
(I)  educating students at risk of dropping out of school; and
(J)  preventing, recognizing, and reporting any sexual conduct between an educator and student that is prohibited under the Texas Penal Code §21.12, or for which reporting is required under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.006.
For more information, see TAC §241.30.

 

COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

Holders of the Standard School Counselor Certificate shall complete 200 clock-hours of CPE every five years. Specific requirements are contained in §239.25 of this title (relating to Requirements to Renew the Standard School Counselor Certificate).

An individual who holds a school counselor certificate that is renewed on or after June 1, 2019, must complete CPE activities directly related to each of the topics listed in subparagraphs (A)-(D) of this paragraph. Not more than 25% of the CPE activities for an individual who holds a school counselor certificate shall include instruction in the following topics:
(A)  assisting students in developing high school graduation plans;
(B)  implementing dropout prevention strategies;
(C)  informing students concerning college admissions, including college financial aid resources and application procedures; and
(D)  informing students concerning career opportunities.
For more information, see §239.25.

 

LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION RENEWAL 

Holders of the Standard School Librarian Certificate shall complete 200 clock-hours of CPE every five years.  §239.65. Requirements to Renew the Standard School Librarian Certificate.
(a)  An individual issued a standard librarian certificate from September 1, 1999, to August 31, 2000, is subject to Chapter 232, Subchapter B, of this title (relating to Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements), except that only 150 clock-hours of continuing professional education must be completed during the first five-year renewal period. During subsequent renewal periods, the holder of such an active standard librarian certificate must satisfy the most current requirements for renewal.
(b)  An individual issued the standard School Librarian Certificate on or after September 1, 2000, is subject to Chapter 232, Subchapter B, of this title.
(c)  An individual who holds a valid Texas school librarian certificate or endorsement issued prior to September 1, 1999, may voluntarily comply with the requirements of this section under procedures implemented by the Texas Education Agency staff under §232.810 of this title (relating to Voluntary Renewal of Current Texas Educators).