Educator Preparation Programs and COVID-19

April 01, 2020 • Karen Dooley

Educator Preparation Programs and COVID-19

Guidance related to educator preparation programs (EPPs) and field-based experience requirements, which have been impacted by school closings in response to COVID-19, have been posted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

Governor Abbott has issued several waivers related to educator certification and preparation programs. These waivers impact individuals completing clinical teaching in spring 2020, engaging in an internship or a practicum during spring 2020, or completing field-based experience requirements in spring or summer 2020.

The waivers provide relief from the following requirements:

  • Clinical teaching requirements
  • Practicum requirements
  • Experience in an actual school setting
  • Minimum number of hours of field-based experience
  • Requirements for face-to-face observations
  • Requirements for educator and administrator surveys for EPP accountability

Under the waivers, a teacher candidate can complete the clinical teaching or practicum requirements if they meet half of the required days or hours, demonstrate proficiency in educator standards, and are recommended for a standard certificate by the field supervisor and cooperating teacher or site supervisor.

Additionally, TEA is working on an FAQ to address questions regarding educator testing and certification requirements, and timelines to be posted in the near future.  

 Karen Dooley is senior HR consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Karen an email at

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