Online PD Courses for teachers in Texas (TX)
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How do I keep and renew a teaching certificate in Texas?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching certificate in TX. Renew a Teaching Certificate from Professional Learning Board is an approved provider of CPEs for teachers in Texas.
150 Continuing professional education (CPE) hours are required to renew a standard TX certificate. Your certificate will be set to inactive status if you do not renew by the expiration date. CPE hours are required, even if your certificate has already been set to inactive status. Certificates cannot be renewed by completing examinations.
1 semester credit hour = 15 clock-hours.
According to the TX Education Agency, at least 80% of CPE activities shall be directly related to the certificate(s) being renewed and focus in the standards required for the initial issuance of the certificate(s), including:
• content and area knowledge and skills;
• professional ethics and standards of conduct;
• professional development, which should encompass topics such as the following:
o district and campus priorities and objectives;
o child development, including research on how children learn;
o classroom management;
o applicable federal and state laws;
o diversity and special needs of student populations;
o increasing and maintaining parental involvement;
o integration of technology into educational practices;
o insuring that students read on or above grade level;
o diagnosing and removing obstacles to student achievement; and
o instructional practices.
An individual who holds a classroom teacher certificate that is renewed on or after June 1, 2019, must complete CPE activities directly related to each of the topics below. Not more than 25% of the CPE activities for a classroom teacher shall include instruction in the following topics:• collecting and analyzing information that will improve effectiveness in the classroom;
• recognizing early warning indicators that a student may be at risk of dropping out of school;
• digital learning, digital teaching, and integrating technology into classroom instruction;
• educating students with disabilities, including mental health disorders;
• educating students who are educationally disadvantaged;
• educating English language learners;
• educating students at risk of dropping out of school; and
• understanding appropriate relationships, boundaries, and communications between educator and students.
The following type of additional CPE requirement trainings may be counted toward certificate renewal:
o mental health training
o suicide prevention training
o education courses that use technology to increase the educator’s digital literacy; and assist the educator in the use of digital technology in learning activities that improve teaching.
How do I contact the TX Education Agency?
Contact the Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701
The information and courses listed on this page are presented as of March 5th, 2020. Please note that state licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is the responsibility of each teacher to know their licensing requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional development and licensing requirements. Professional Learning Board does not guarantee acceptance by your school, district or licensing authority.