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Parent Taught Driver Education Model Program Course 101 (PTDE 101)
Prior to starting any PTDE course, a request and appropriate fee must be submitted to the DPS. Click here for the request form.
PTDE Course 101 (Approved for use by the Department of Public Safety)
** NEW ** $25 - Online Virtual PTDE 101 - Classroom & In-Car Instruction - click HERE to order the virtual course
$25 - CD-ROM of entire course – Classroom & In-Car Instruction
FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
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PTDE Headquarters in Austin
Courtesy Link to DPS Home Page
1. Is this course approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the Parent Taught program?
Yes. This course meets all required state standards for an approved Parent Taught program.
2. Which course is better?
All the courses meet the state standards for an approved Parent Taught program. It is up to the instructor (parent) to choose which course best suits his/her teaching style.
3. When can I begin teaching the course?
After you have received your packet from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), you may begin teaching PTDE 101. If you have not registered with the DPS, a request form and appropriate fee must be submitted to them. Here is a link to the request form: http://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-92.pdf.
Questions regarding the PTDE process may be directed to 512-424-5623 or PTDE@dps.texas.gov
If you have questions about course content, you may contact Nina.Saint@esc13.txed.net.
4. Where do I get a receipt proving that I purchased the PTDE 101 to present to the Department of Public Safety (DPS)?
As proof, print the Student Workbook, Classroom Progress Assessments, and Module 13 after the training has been completed. These completed documents must be taken to the DPS.
5. Do I print all the Modules?
You must print the Student Workbook, Classroom Progress Assessments, and Module 13 (these documents are proof to the DPS of PTDE completion). You may print the other Modules is you wish; however, the other Modules may be opened and viewed on the computer screen.
6. Can this course be taught as a concurrent course or block course?
PTDE 101 may be taught either as a concurrent course or block course. If you are teaching a concurrent course, the student would be eligible to take the DPS written tests after completion of all three (3) parts of Module 1. Then the student would complete the classroom instruction in Modules 2 through 12 and the In-Car Instruction in Module 13. If you are teaching a block course, the student would be eligible to take the DPS written tests after completion of Modules 1 through 12. Then the student would complete the In-Car Instruction in Module 13.
7. What is the timeline to complete the course?
You, as the instructor (parent), set the timeline for the course. The course may not be completed in less than 21 days. Please review your packet from the DPS on the number of hours of classroom and in-car instruction that may be taught in a day.
8. I have twins and mailed in for two packets but only received one packet from the DPS. Who should I call?
The Department of Public Safety mails these packets and you can contact them at 512-424-5623.
9. Where do I get a Texas Driver Handbook?
You may obtain the Texas Driver Handbook from your local DPS office or http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/documents/DL-7.pdf. Also, the information appears in Module 1 (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
10. My teenager has completed the classroom instruction at a driving school. What do I have to do to just teach the in-car instruction?
Request the driving school to transfer the classroom hours to you, the instructor of the parent-taught course. Then, you only need Module 13 of PTDE Course 101. A downloadable version is available for purchase for $15 as indicated above. Print out Module 13 and follow the instructions provided. Completed Module 13 should then be taken to the DPS to prove that PTDE course 101 in-car instruction was provided to your teenager. Be sure to take the transfer documentation from the driving school showing successful completion of the classroom phase.
11. When my teenager has completed the classroom and in-car instructional phases, is there anything else?
Yes. A new law requires new drivers to receive an additional 20 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. These hours are required to be certified by a parent or guardian before a teenager may progress to Phase 2 of Texas' Graduated Driver Licensing program. The additional hours must include at least 10 hours that take place at nighttime. Below are the Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Guide and the Behind-the-Wheel Instruction Log for you to print and document the 20 hours.