Students & Clinical Teachers
Begin familiarizing yourself with edTPA by reading Making Good Choices.
Please choose the handbook(s) that apply to you:
- Making Good Choices: A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates
- Making Good Choices In Special Education: A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates
- Making Good Choices: Addendum for Elementary Education Task 4- Literacy w/ Mathematics
- Making Good Choices: Addendum for Elementary Education Task 4- Mathematics w/ Literacy
Technology Support and Guidelines during Clinical Teaching
How-to Videos for Portfolio Preparation and Submission
Frequently Asked Questions
What is edTPA?
The Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a subject-specific portfolio-based assessment that will allow you to demonstrate your readiness for a full-time classroom teaching assignment.
edTPA provides a summative assessment of your teaching practice during your clinical or intensive training organized around 3 tasks:
- Planning: Building content understanding, supporting learning needs, using knowledge of students, and assessments to monitor student learning.
- Instruction: Learning environment, engagement in learning, deepening thinking, and subject-specific pedagogy.
- Assessment: Analysis of student learning, providing feedback, and supporting student use of feedback.
edTPA is a subject-specific assessment with versions in 27 different teaching fields covering Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood, and Secondary. edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials into a portfolio as the culmination of a teaching and learning portfolio that documents a 3-to-5 day learning segments and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.
Why am I completing an edTPA portfolio?
edTPA has been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to replace Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR). Texas A&M University will begin edTPA implementation 2020-21.
When will I complete my edTPA portfolio?
Your edTPA portfolio will be completed during your clinical teaching semester/year.
Who scores the edTPA?
All edTPA portfolio submissions are scored by officially trained edTPA scorers. Over 2,500 teachers and teacher educators now serve as scorer trainers, supervisors, or scorers. Scorers must be P-12 teachers or EPP teacher educators with significant pedagogical content knowledge in the field in which they score (e.g., NBTPS teachers), as well as experience working as instructors or mentors for novice teachers.
The criteria for selecting and training scorers are rigorous and include:
- Expertise in the subject matter and developmental level of the teaching field (degree and professional experience).
- Teaching experience in the field (or experience teaching methods courses or supervising student teachers in that field).
- Experience mentoring or supervising beginning teachers or administering programs that prepare them.
- Verification that the qualifications above are recent (within the past 5 years)
All scoring training is designed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE). As the operational partner, Evaluation Systems group of Pearson manages edTPA scoring activities. All scorers complete over 20 hours of an extensive training curriculum that includes multiple checks to ensure scoring consistency. Additionally, all scorers complete an anti-bias module that highlights potential sources of bias that might influence scoring accuracy.
Texas A&M Contacts
- Dr. Miranda Walichowski, Clinical Associate Professor – Bilingual Education
- Dr. Monica Neshyba, Clinical Assistant Professor – English as a Second Language (ESL)
Middle Grades ELAR/SS, Middle Grades (Math and Science), EC-6 Generalist
- Dr. Dawn Parker, Clinical Professor – Math Education
- Dr. Sara Raven, Assistant Professor – Science Education
- Dr. Julie Singleton, Clinical Associate Professor – Science Education
- Dr. Melissa Fogarty, Clinical Assistant Professor – Special Education
- Dr. Marcia Montague, Visiting Assistant Professor – Special Education
- Contact Pearson Customer Support for information about registration and the Pearson ePortfolio system.