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HB 1508


Stephen F. Austin State University students who are enrolled in programs that may lead to an occupational license should be aware of the consequences criminal offenses may have on licensure. Please be advised that:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program.
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines that state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history.  Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupation Code 53.102.

SFA offers programs that lead to an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. Licensing authorities may have guidelines concerning prior criminal convictions that would make an individual ineligible for issuance of a given license.

If you are enrolled in a program designed to prepare an individual for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to a program that prepares you for an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001, in accordance with state law, you are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.

Note that the provisions of Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code relating to the consequences of criminal conviction do not apply to licenses granted by the Supreme Court of Texas, law enforcement officers (Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1701), emergency medical services personnel (Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 773), or persons licensed by the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Dental Examiners, or the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners that have been convicted of a felony under Chapter 481 or 483 or Section 485.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.  If you are seeking one of these licenses, please be aware that other provisions of the law may be applicable relating to the consequences of criminal conviction.

Programs leading to Occupational Licenses

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (Grades 6-12)
  • Art (Grades EC-12)
  • BS Communication Science & Disorders — Speech-Language-Pathologist Assistant
  • BS in Family and Consumer Sciences — teacher education (TEA)
  • BS in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BS in Human Development and Family Studies (optional CFLE)
  • BS in Interior Design (optional NCIDQ)
  • BS in Kinesiology—teacher education (TEA)
  • BSIS in Interdisciplinary Studies — teacher education (TEA)
  • BSIS Special Education — Teacher Certification (TEA)
  • BSRS Rehabilitation Services
  • Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • Clinical Mental Health
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling — Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Dance (Grades 8-12)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Grades EC-12)
  • Educational Diagnostician Certification (TEA)
  • English Language Arts and Reading (Grades 7-12)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 6-12)
  • French (Grades EC-12)
  • History (Grades 7-12)
  • Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences (Grades 8-12)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (Grades 8-12)
  • Initial Teacher Certification (TEA)
  • Kinesiology & Health Science
  • Life Science (Grades 7-12)
  • MA Professional Counselor — TX Licensed Professional Counselor
  • MA School Psychology  — TX Licensed Specialist School Psychology
  • Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • MEd in Educational Leadership -- Principal Certification
  • MEd in Educational Leadership -- Superintendent Certification
  • MEd in Elementary Education — initial certification (TEA)
  • MEd in Elementary Education — Reading (TEA)
  • MEd Special Education (dependent on concentration/degree track)
  • MS in Athletic Training (national certification)
  • MS Speech & Language Pathology — Speech-Language-Pathologist license; Certification of Clinic Competency (American Speech Language-Hearing Association)
  • Music (Grades EC-12)
  • Nursing
  • Orientation and Mobility — Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) Certification
  • Orientation and Mobility Certification (national certification)
  • PhD School Psychology — TX Licensed Specialist School Psychology; TX Licensed Psychologist
  • Physical Education (Grades EC-12)
  • Physical Science (Grades 6-12)
  • School Counseling Certified School Counselor (TEA)
  • Secondary Education and Educational Leadership
  • Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • Social Work
  • Spanish (Grades EC-12)
  • Special Education (Grades EC-12)
  • Speech (Grades 7-12)
  • Technology Applications (Grades 8-12)
  • Theatre (Grades EC-12)
  • Visual Impairment Certification (TEA)