New Certificate Requests
30 Day Notification Requirement for New Certificate Requests
Texas public institutions of higher education that want to propose a new certificate program must first notify other public institutions of higher education within a 50 mile radius of the proposed location of the new program. The proposing institution may notify area institutions through a letter or email to the chief academic officers of the area institutions. The proposing institution must notify area institutions at least 30 days prior to submitting the proposal to the Coordinating Board.
If the proposing institution receives any objections, the institution must resolve those objections prior to submitting a proposal to the Coordinating Board. If the institution cannot resolve the objections, then it may ask the Assistant Commissioner of the Academic Quality and Workforce Division to mediate the dispute. Once all objections have been resolved, the institution may submit the proposal to the Board, along with documentation showing that notification was given to nearby public institutions and that the objections, if any, were resolved. These provisions are found in Texas Administrative Code, Coordinating Board, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Rule 5.44 (a) (6) and (b) (3).
Certificates (Upper-division and Graduate)
Texas Administrative Code, Coordinating Board rules, Chapter 5, Subchapter C, Section 5.48 provides the criteria for establishing certificate programs at universities and health-related institutions.
Texas public universities and health-related institutions that want to offer a new upper-division undergraduate or graduate certificate program must first notify institutions within a 50 mile radius of the proposed teaching site of the new certificate program, allow a 30 day public comment period, and resolve any objections prior to submission of a Certificate Program Certification Form. Certificate programs that require Coordinating Board approval, through a streamlined approval process include:
- Upper-level undergraduate certificates of 21 to 36 hours in disciplinary areas where the institution already offers an undergraduate degree program.
- Graduate-level and professional certificates of 16 to 29 hours in disciplinary areas where the institution already offers a graduate program at the same level as the certificate.
Institutions are not required to notify the Coordinating Board when establishing new certificate programs with fewer than 21 SCH for an upper-level undergraduate and fewer than 16 SCH for graduate level certificate programs.
Guidelines for Educator Preparation Certificate Programs
If the institution is proposing a new educator certificate program in a disciplinary area in which the institution already offers an undergraduate degree program, submit the Certificate Program Certification Form.
If the institution is proposing a new degree that includes a new educator certificate, follow the requirements for requesting a new Bachelor's or Master's Program.