New certification rules issued by the State Board for Educator Certification now require Texas educators to renew their teaching certificate every 5 years. Educators who are issued Standard Certificates after September 1, 1999 must satisfy the following criteria:
- 150 clock hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for teachers within the 5 year period
- 200 clock hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for counselors, administrators, diagnosticians and librarians.
- Hold a valid Standard Certificate that has not been, nor is in the process of being sanctioned by SBEC
- Successfully complete a criminal history review
- Not be in default on a student loan or in arrears of child support
- Pay a renewal fee to be determined by SBEC
It is recommended that teachers satisfy at least 30 clock hours per year, while other educators complete at least 40 clock hours per year. Educators who are attending classes at an accredited institution of higher learning may earn 15 clock hours for every semester credit hour earned. For the average three semester course, an educator will earn 45 clock hours of CPE.
In our efforts to maintain high standards for the children of Socorro ISD, we will offer a variety of opportunities for teacher growth and learning. Teachers will be able to choose from a variety of staff development opportunities through Socorro ISD and approved providers that will positively affect student learning.
Texas educators will be able to satisfy the required clock hours by attending and/or participating in CPE that covers the following areas
- Content area knowledge and skills
- Professional ethics and standards of conduct
- Professional development, which should encompass topics such as the following:
- District and campus priorities and objective
- Child development, including research on how children learn
- Discipline management
- Applicable federal and state laws
- Diversity and special needs of student populations
- Increasing and maintaining parental involvement
- Integration of technology into educational practices
- Ensuring that students read on or above grade level
- Diagnosing and removing obstacles to student achievement; and
- Instructional techniques