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For questions related to the Law cluster, please see our Contacts page for TEA Representative contact information.

 

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Email the following information to lt-cte@unt.edu to be added to the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Listserv:

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Where may I find a copy of the LPSCS TEKS?

What are the LPSCS courses?

  • Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Law Enforcement I
  • Law Enforcement II
  • Forensic Science
  • Court Systems and Practices
  • Correctional Services
  • Security Services
  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

What curriculum resources are available for LPSCS teachers?

What is a coherent sequence of courses?

A coherent sequence of courses is a sequence of CTE courses (two or more CTE courses for three or more credits) focused on developing occupational knowledge and skills.

The courses in a sequence are not required to be from the same cluster. Courses selected as part of a coherent sequence can be customized based on the courses offered on the local campus, and personal or career goals. A coherent sequence of courses enhances a student’s college and career readiness.

All coherent sequences of courses in this cluster begin with the Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security. The sequence of courses offered at a school district is a local decision and is dependent upon the teacher’s area of expertise.

Districts have the flexibility of developing a coherent sequence of courses based on local need and available electives. Courses from other clusters can be combined with the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security courses to create a coherent sequence of courses. A coherent sequence of courses is individualized for every student.

The LPSCS Flowchart may be viewed here: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/teks/cte/sequences/LPSCS.pdf.

What is a Scope and Sequence document?

A team of teachers for this cluster took the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and arranged them in a sequence that seemed logical for teaching. The first column is the unit of study. The main topic areas are listed in order. The second column is the knowledge and skills statements. Next are the student expectations for each knowledge and skill statement. Listed at the end of the scope and sequence document are resources appropriate to the course. The list contains currently adopted State Board of Education (SBOE) textbooks. Other resources listed are those available from state or federal agencies. The list may also include resources available from universities, non-profit agencies, or professional associations.

Where can I find the LPSCS Scope and Sequence documents?

What is a Program of Study document?

A program of study may be adopted by a local education agency and a postsecondary institution, and offered as an option to students when planning for and completing future coursework for CTE content areas that –

  • Incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements.
  • Include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare.
  • May include the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits.
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or to an associate or baccalaureate degree [PL 109-270. Sec 122(c)(1)].

Where can I find the LPSCS Programs of Study documents?

Are there LPSCS state adopted textbooks?

Your textbook coordinator has a crosswalk explaining where books that were adopted before are placed with the new TEKS. Currently, there are not any new adopted books for the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Career Cluster. However there are LPSCS resources available at cte.unt.edu/law.

Where may I find more information about teacher qualifications?

What are the Forensic Science teacher qualifications?

  • All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved training prior to teaching this course, effective with the 2012-2013 school year. Teachers assigned to this course in the 2010-2011 and/or 2011-2012 school years will have 12 months from the date the training is first offered to complete the TEA-approved training requirement.
  • Certificates:
    • Any secondary biology certificate
    • Any secondary chemistry certificate
    • Any secondary science or science composite certificate
    • Chemistry: Grades 8-12
    • Health Science Technology
    • Health Science Technology Education: Grades 8-12
    • Life Science: Grades 8-12
    • Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12)
    • Science: Grades 8-12
    • Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12 with a baccalaureate degree and appropriate work approval
    • Vocational Trades and Industry with a baccalaureate degree and appropriate work approval
    • Vocational Health Occupations with a baccalaureate degree

What is the TEA-approved training requirement for Forensic Science teachers?

TEA is pleased to announce that that the Forensic Science professional development is now available in Project Share. As a reminder, all teachers that are teaching Forensic Science or that plan to teach the course in the future, regardless of the area(s) of teacher certification, must complete this professional development. To review rules related to this requirement please refer to the teacher assignment rules found in 19 TAC §231. Forensic Science is found in Division 20: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security (LPSCS). For most teachers there will be two Project Share based courses that must be completed.

  • All teachers who teach Forensic Science must complete the Project Share course titled Forensic Science. This course is divided into six parts and you will need to join each part separately in order to complete the course. It is recommended that you complete each part in sequential order (1-6). Teachers completing this course will earn 90 CEU hours.
  • Teachers who are certified in CTE (Trade and Industrial Education, with work experience) but who are not certified in any of the qualified science certification areas are also required to complete the Science Safety Training for High School professional development (PD) course in Project Share. This course will take about three hours to complete.
  • Teachers who hold one of the qualified science teacher certifications, but who are not certified CTE teachers must complete the CTE 101 course in Project Share in addition to the Forensic Science PD.

By rule teachers who are currently teaching Forensic Science will have one year to complete the Project Share PD that applies. Teachers who plan to teach the course for the first time during a future school year should enroll and be making progress toward completion prior to the first instructional day. Also it is important to understand that teachers teaching the Forensic Science course are subject to NCLB highly qualified status. Questions concerning NCLB highly qualified, including HOUSE rules should be directed to NCLB staff at nclb@tea.state.tx.us or by phone at (512) 463-9374. The NCLB website is found here. Detailed information concerning the implementation of NCLB highly qualified teacher requirements related to CTE teachers can be found in the TEA publication linked here. The instructions for enrolling in the courses may be found below.

How do I access the TEA-approved Forensic Science professional development?

Instructions: How to join Forensic Science with access code forsci

  1. Go to Project Share course website
  2. On the public Home page pop-up, you will see the message, "This course is accessible by access code only," in the left menu. Click on the Join This Course link immediately below that message.
  3. Enter your Project Share username and password in the Epsilen secure account login pop-up and click the Login button.
  4. On the course registration page, enter forsci in the access code box at the bottom of the page, and then click Continue.
  5. Once you have successfully entered the access code, confirm the information related to your member profile and click the Join button. You will then be taken to the course’s Home page and can begin taking the course.

You will find Science Safety Training for High School (v1.1) at http://www.epsilen.com/crs/14285635 To find and enter the CTE 101 course:

  1. Go to Project Share course website: http://www.epsilen.com/crs/12111851
  2. On the public home page pop-up, you will see the message, "This course is accessible by access code only," in the left menu. Click on the Join This Course link immediately below that message.
  3. Enter your Project Share username and password in the Epsilen secure account login pop-up and click the Login button.
  4. On the course registration page, enter cte101 in the access code box at the bottom of the page, and then click Continue.
  5. Once you have successfully entered the access code, confirm the information related to your member profile, and click the Join button. You will then be taken to the course home page.
  6. Click on the Lessons tab in the left menu, select the first lesson, and begin taking the course.
  7. If you have any questions about the course, click Course Mail in the left menu, then Send a New Message. Select All Instructors to receive your message.

Where may I find information about student industry certification and licensure?

Who may use the lessons posted on cte.unt.edu/law?

These materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of TEA, except under the following conditions:

  1. Texas public school districts, charter schools, and Education Service Centers may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for the districts' and schools' educational use without obtaining permission from TEA.
  2. Residents of the state of Texas may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for individual personal use only, without obtaining written permission of TEA.
  3. Any portion reproduced must be reproduced in its entirety and remain unedited, unaltered and unchanged in any way.
  4. No monetary charge can be made for the reproduced materials or any document containing them; however, a reasonable charge to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution may be charged.

Private entities or persons located in Texas that are not Texas public school districts, Texas Education Service Centers, or Texas charter schools or any entity, whether public or private, educational or non-educational, located outside the state of Texas MUST obtain written approval from TEA and will be required to enter into a license agreement that may involve the payment of a licensing fee or a royalty.

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