Welcome to the UWM School of Education and Peck School of the Arts. Teacher candidates, faculty, university supervisors and cooperating teachers will find information about the edTPA along with resources and support materials here.

What is the edTPA?

The edTPA is a subject-specific teacher performance assessment completed during student teaching. The assessment focuses on a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class. Candidates submit artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work) and written commentaries as evidence of teaching proficiency. Professional scorers rate candidate performance in planning, instruction, and assessment using rubrics in the edTPA handbook for that subject area.

Message From the edTPA Coordinator

Hello UWM School of Education Student,
Whether you have just been admitted into the School of Education/Peck School of the Arts or are beginning your final phase of professional preparation and student teaching, I want to take this opportunity to introduce my colleague Les T Johnson and myself. Les plays an integral role in the School of Education as the Educational Technology Consultant. I serve as the edTPA Coordinator. The edTPA is a performance-based assessment tool for pre-service teachers designed by Stanford University to determine whether or not a teacher candidate is ready to teach. In the State of Wisconsin successful completion of the edTPA is a condition of licensure. What this means is that if you complete your professional program after August 31, 2016, you must meet Wisconsin’s passing score on the edTPA in order to be licensed in the State of Wisconsin.

UWM is committed to preparing highly effective educators and for supporting candidates throughout the rigorous process of becoming a licensed teacher. The edTPA is the final of a series of high stakes assessment that are required in our State. You can be confident that the faculty and administration at UWM have been engaged in ongoing curriculum mapping, professional development and strategic planning to make sure that you are prepared for the edTPA. We have also created a variety of support tools to set you up for success. Please take the opportunity to review the edTPA resources on the SOE website (uwm.edu/edTPA) and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at edtpa-success@uwm.edu.

You are entering a very exciting time as you transition from university student to professional educator. We are here to support you and wish you the best of luck and much success.

Thank you.

Angel Hessel, edTPA CoordinatorLes Johnson
Angel Hessel
ahessel@uwm.edu
Les T. Johnson
johns893@uwm.edu