What is edTPA?
edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.
Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students’ strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.
Saint Peter’s University student-teachers are required to successfully complete the edTPA assessment to obtain teaching certification; in New Jersey, successful completion of the edTPA is required for all candidates seeking a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing on or after September 1, 2017.
Helpful Resources for Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
ReAct Introduction to ReACT – Self Service Password Reset System
If you have any difficulty accessing your Saint Peter’s University resources, such as Blackboard, Email, or SpiritOnline, Please visit https://reset.saintpeters.edu/. For assistance with this tool, watch the instructional video.
edTPA Main Sites
Reflections on edTPA
To help candidates and their institutions understand and prepare, four teacher candidates, all of whom are now practicing teachers, were asked to reflect on their experiences participating in the New York State field test of edTPA.
State Reciprocity Requirements for Teaching Licenses
New Jersey Student Learning Standards (as of August 4, 2014):
The Professional Standards for Teacher identify the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that teachers need to practice responsibly. Student teachers must demonstrate competence on the NJPST to be eligible for teacher certification.
InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (PDF):
This set of combined resources both defines and supports ongoing teacher effectiveness to ensure students reach college and career ready standards.
Once you are registered for edTPA, you will gain access to a handbook that will outline specific assessment requirements within your discipline, as well as provide guidance through the process of creating your materials. These handbooks can be accessed digitally via tk20, and you can request a hard copy of your handbook at any time through the Department of Education.
Rubric Level Progressions
edTPA’s portfolio is a collection of authentic artifacts and evidence from a candidate’s actual teaching practice. Understanding Rubric Level Progressions (URLP) is a KEY resource that is designed to describe the meaning behind the rubrics. A close read of the following URLP sections will help program faculty and supervisors internalize the criteria and level distinctions for each rubric.
Understanding Early Childhood Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Health Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Physical Education Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Secondary English/Language Arts Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Secondary History/Social Studies Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Secondary Math Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Secondary Science Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding Visual Arts Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
Understanding World Language Rubric Level Progressions (PDF)
General Guidance and Recommendations
Making Good Choices (PDF)
This support guide will help you make good choices as you develop artifacts and commentaries for your edTPA assessment. This document is not a substitute for reading the handbook. Instead, it should be used as a reference where you can find supplementary advice for completing specific components of edTPA as needed.
Contextual Factors- Task 1
Currently, Saint Peter’s University uses the tk20 integrated system for student-teachers to assemble their task resources and evidence. While enrolled in Clinical Practice II, Candidates will gain access to the tk20 system to upload their tasks’ files and materials, which will then be transferred over to edTPA. For more information on tk20, please visit the following page: https://www.saintpeters.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/education/tk20/
Video Recording and Formatting
recording video evidence of your student-teaching is a critical component of your edTPA assessment. the below links contain resources to guide you through best practices when recording your video, as well as how to format it and ensure it meets the technical requirements.
Candidate Support on edTPA.com
Phone Support (9:00am-8:00pm EST) 866- 565- 4872 or (413) 256-2889 (Monday through Friday)
Chat Support (9:00am- 6:00pm EST) (Monday through Friday)
For additional inquiries on edTPA, please contact Dr. Christine Fogler at email@example.com