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 myself. 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.

UWM is committed to preparing highly effective educators and for supporting candidates throughout the rigorous process of becoming a licensed teacher. 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. Evidence of this is reflected in the high pass rates for UWM. Specifically, since this performance based assessment became consequential in the State of Wisconsin in 2016, 98% of UW- Milwaukee Teacher Candidates have passed the edTPA. It is also important to note that UWM’s mean score, across the board, continues to exceed both the State and National averages.

In addition to preparing faculty 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 this site 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 Coordinator
Angel Hessel