The following was included in TCTA's 2017-18 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2017 but is subject to change.

Acceptable CPE activities for certificate renewal​

If you have a standard renewable certificate or you have voluntarily opted in to the certificate renewal system, you must obtain CPE from a provider approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to renew your certificate.

For the most part, existing school district-provided inservice should count toward the CPE requirement, as may other activities such as college coursework, professional seminars, mentoring and self-directed study.

TCTA is an SBEC-approved provider. Members can earn CPE hours through TCTA’s free online seminars.

One semester credit hour earned at an accredited institution of higher education is equivalent to 15 CPE clock hours.

At least 80 percent of the CPE activities must be directly related to the certificate(s) being renewed and focus on the standards required for the initial issuance of the certificate(s), including:

  1. content area knowledge and skills;
  2. professional ethics and standards of conduct;
  3. professional development, which should encompass topics such as:
    a.    district and campus priorities and objectives
    b.    child development, including research on how children learn
    c.    classroom management
    d.    applicable federal and state laws
    e.    diversity and special needs of student populations
    f.    increasing and maintaining parental involvement
    g.    integration of technology into educational practices
    h.    ensuring that students read at or above grade level
    i.    diagnosing and removing obstacles to student achievement
    j.    instructional techniques.

Not more than 25 percent of the required CPE activities for a classroom teacher must include instruction regarding: 

  1. collecting and analyzing information that will improve effectiveness in the classroom; 
  2. recognizing early warning indicators that a student may be at risk of dropping out of school; 
  3. digital learning, digital teaching, and integrating technology into classroom instruction; and 
  4. educating diverse student populations, including: 
    a.    students with disabilities, including mental health disorders;
    b.    students who are educationally disadvantaged; 
    c.    students of limited English proficiency; and 
    d.    students at risk of dropping out of school; and
  5. understanding appropriate relationships, boundaries, and communications between educator and students.

Not more than 25 percent of the required CPE activities for a school counselor must include instruction regarding: 

  1. assisting students in developing high school graduation plans; 
  2. implementing dropout prevention strategies; and 
  3. informing students concerning:
    a.    college admissions, including college financial aid resources and application procedures; and 
    b.    career opportunities.

An educator may fulfill up to 12 clock hours of required CPE activities by participating in a mental health first aid training program offered by a local mental health authority under the Texas Health and Safety Code, §1001.203. The number of clock hours of CPE an educator may fulfill under this subsection may not exceed the number of clock hours the educator actually spends in a mental health first aid training program.

An educator may receive credit toward CPE requirements for:

  • completion of an instructional course on the use of an automated external defibrillator that meets the guidelines for AED training approved under Texas Health and Safety Code, §779.002; 
  • completion of suicide prevention training that meets the guidelines for suicide prevention training approved under the TEC, §21.451; and
  • completion of education courses that use technology to increase an educator’s digital literacy and assist the educator in the use of digital technology in learning activities that improve teaching, assessment, and instructional practices.

State law provides that continuing education requirements for educators teaching students with dyslexia must include training on new research and practices in the area.

Continuing education requirements for a classroom teacher and principal may include instruction regarding how grief and trauma affect student learning and behavior and how evidence-based, grief-informed, and trauma-informed strategies support the academic success of students affected by grief and trauma.

For more information on the CPE requirements and a list of SBEC-approved providers, click on the Texas Educators link on the TEA website. 

Some districts also require professional development as a condition of employment. While each district can decide what it will count for local employment purposes, it cannot decide what will count for CPE purposes.

See also:

Educator Certification

Parent notice of non-certified teachers