A brief history for the Texas Core Curriculum
The TCC was created by House Bill 2183, passed by the 70th Texas Legislature in 1987. Please see a brief history of the TCC. This page includes the document Core Curriculum: Assumptions and Defining Characteristics, which refers to the core curriculum prior to fall 2014 and includes Coordinating Board rules in effect prior to October 2011.
Elements of the Texas Core Curriculum
The TCC is a 42 Semester Credit Hour (SCH) core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas. The elements of the TCC include a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and nine common component areas.
Students have flexibility to choose courses from an institution's core curriculum. However, that flexibility may be limited by the student's major. For example, most science majors have prescribed math and science requirements as part of their degree program requirements. Students should always consult with an academic advisor or counselor at their institution to determine what courses they should take.
Texas Core Curriculum beginning in fall 2014
Beginning for fall 2014, institution's TCC are available online at the Texas General Education Core Curriculum WebCenter.
Texas Core Curriculum for years prior to fall 2014
Students that enrolled prior to fall 2014 may complete their degree program using a TCC from a prior year. Institutions' TCC prior to fall 2014 are available online at http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/. This website is hosted by Texas State University.
The Texas Common Core Curriculum Submission Portal
Beginning in fall 2014, Texas public higher education institutions may change or make revisions to their TCC once a year. The request for change must be made through the online portal available at the Core Curriculum Submission Portal.
Instructions on how to make a revision to the TCC, including a timeline to consider, are posted on the page Core Curriculum Submission and Approval Process.
Assessment of the Texas Common Core
The purpose of the TCC assessment is to improve student attainment of the TCC core objectives. Please see the TCC Assessment Guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Law and Rules
Links to the TCC law and rules.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Reinold R. Cornelius, PhD
Melinda Valdez, EdD