The Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) is responsible for establishing standards to govern the continuing accountability of all educator preparation programs (EPPs). Additionally, an accredited EPP may receive commendations for success in areas identified by the SBEC.
The purpose of the accountability system for educator preparation is to assure that each EPP is held accountable for the readiness for certification of candidates completing the programs. The SBEC has adopted rules to govern the accreditation of each EPP that prepares individuals for educator certification. Only candidates, recommended by an Educator Preparation Program that has been approved and accredited by the SBEC, may certify candidates for Texas educator certification fields (TEA, 2011).