Welcome Teacher Candidates!

Here at the School of Education and Peck School of the Arts, we are committed to preparing highly qualified educators. As such, the links below will be invaluable to you as you take on the edTPA, a required national teaching assessment. (Please note: you must be logged into Office365 – same as your UWM email – in order to view these materials.)

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edTPA Support for Teacher Candidates

Prior to Program Admittance
Before students are admitted into the School of Education and Peck School of the Arts, there are no official responsibilities related to the edTPA. When teacher candidates decide to apply to education preparation programs they are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the edTPA. Please refer to the links under teacher candidates for helpful resources.

During Program Preparation
Program coursework prior to the final student teaching semester will provide you with opportunities to videotape your teaching and learning opportunities related to the edTPA.

Student Teaching Semester
Teacher candidates will be required to register with Pearson, the company responsible for the external review of the edTPA and submit their completed assessment during the student teaching semester. Program faculty will provide teacher candidates with timelines and directions.


Why do I need to establish an account at Pearson?

Pearson performs the external review of edTPA submissions. You will need to establish an account with Pearson in order to submit your completed edTPA for scoring.

When will I need to establish an account at Pearson?

Student teaching supervisors or program coordinators will be providing the timeline and directions for creating accounts at Pearson.


edTPA Description, Cost, Registration, and Submission

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. Submit artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work) and written commentaries as evidence of your teaching proficiency. Professional scorers will rate your performance in planning, instruction, and assessment.

What is an edTPA handbook?

The edTPA handbook is your guide to the structure, language and rubrics of the edTPA. Handbooks are available in every licensure area. You program will decide which handbook you will complete.

Why am I required to complete an edTPA?

The edTPA was developed by the Stanford and is required for certification as an initial educator in Wisconsin. It is modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ assessments of accomplished veteran teachers and was developed with input from teacher and teacher educators across the country.

What does the edTPA cost?

The edTPA costs $300, which includes official scoring and score reporting for you and the program you designate during registration. Additional score reports are $50. Retakes cost $100 for a single task (planning, instruction, or assessment) or $300 for a complete edTPA.

How do I register for and submit the edTPA?

Follow the procedures established by your campus to register, pay and submit the edTPA.

edTPA Choice, Timing, and Student Teaching Placements

Which edTPA will I complete?

The educator preparation program will select the edTPA based on your student teaching placement (class, level, and subject matter) and the list of allowable handbooks provided by DPI.

What is a co-teaching model of student teaching, and how can it be used for the edTPA?

Many educator preparation programs are shifting to a co-teaching model of student teaching, where the cooperating teacher and student teacher plan collaboratively and share teaching responsibilities.

Co-teaching can take a variety of forms: one teaching while the other observes or assists students; one teaching while the other works with a small group needing extra support or challenge; both teaching as a team or in parallel at different stations; both taking turns with the teaching of particular classes, units, lessons, or activities; and so on. Co-teaching provides extensive modeling and feedback for the student teacher while boosting student learning and sustaining a high quality of instruction in the cooperating teacher’s classes.

You are still responsible for writing their own plans for instruction and may often teach on your own while the cooperating teacher attends to other duties. You will also need to take responsibility for planning, instructing, and assessing the class during the edTPA learning segment. More information about co-teaching can be found on the St. Cloud State University website.

When should I start my edTPA during student teaching?

You should know your class well and be confident in your teaching ability before starting the edTPA. Keep in mind that you should submit the edTPA early enough to allow for remediation as needed. Follow your campus timeline for submission. For an 18-week student teaching placement, the optimum time to complete the edTPA appears to be around weeks 8-12; for a 9-week placement, it may be around weeks 6-8 (which could require remediation/resubmission during a subsequent placement).

Completing the edTPA

What is a learning segment in the edTPA?

The edTPA defines a learning segment as a set of 3-5 lessons that build one upon another toward a central focus with a clearly defined beginning and end.

Which class and topic should I choose for my edTPA learning segment?

You should choose one specific group of students and learning segment whose content aligns with the “central focus” and rubrics in your edTPA handbook. You should also try to pick a class with a variety of learners to help find focus students for the edTPA. The educator preparation program and cooperating teacher can help you make the most appropriate choices.

What is academic language, and what role does it play in the edTPA?

Academic language includes the words and phrases (vocabulary), sentence structures (syntax), and argument, presentation, and paper structures (discourse) that students need to perform successfully in the subject area. For some students this language will be familiar, while for others (especially English language learners) it may not be. In the edTPA, you must show how your planning, instruction, and assessment support the development of academic language related to a particular objective and task in the learning segment. More information about academic language can be found in the edTPA handbooks.

What should I record for their edTPA learning segment?

Record the complete learning segment so you are able to select video clips that demonstrate the evidence called for in the rubrics. Please refer to your specific handbook for videotaping requirements.

How should I prepare to video record my classes?

Follow the procedures of your program to secure permission to video record during the student teaching placement. Classroom videos may be viewed only by school district personnel, education faculty, and official scorers. In accordance with FERPA guidelines under no circumstances may videos be shared or posted online, and if you violate this restriction you could risk losing your teaching license and face a fine. You will sign a memo of understanding regarding appropriate use of video and the possible consequences for misuse.

Once permissions are secured, you should practice video recording before the edTPA to learn how to capture clear video and audio in a classroom setting and to get students acclimated to having a video camera in the room. Follow the guidelines in your handbook for students in your classroom who may not be videotaped.

Supporting Candidates

How can my cooperating teacher support me in completing the edTPA?

In the weeks leading up to the edTPA, the cooperating teacher can help you get to know the students, build your confidence as a teacher, and choose a class, topic, and focus students for the edTPA learning segment. During the learning segment (3-5 class days), the cooperating teacher should give you full responsibility for planning, teaching, and assessing the class.

How will my educator preparation program support me in completing the edTPA?

Throughout your program preparation you will be exposed to the elements, language and structure of the edTPA. The program will provide you with support materials such as the “Making Good Choices” guide and your edTPA handbook. Programs may not tell you which videos to use or what to write, and under no circumstances may faculty edit or upload your materials. Examples of appropriate and inappropriate support are spelled out in the document “Guidelines for Supporting Candidates Completing edTPA” available on the Pearson edTPA site.

Scores and Retakes

How long will it take until I get my results?

It takes 3-4 weeks to receive scores after submission. You will be notified of your scores by email. Your teacher preparation program will also receive your results.

What is the passing score for the edTPA?

Scores range from 15 to 75 (15 rubrics with ratings 1-5). Wisconsin will set a passing score in June 2016 based on data from 2015-16. If you complete an educator preparation program after August 31, 2016, you will have to achieve the state passing score on the edTPA to be eligible for initial licensure.

What if I don’t pass the edTPA?

If you do not meet your institution’s or the state’s passing requirements you may register to re-take a single task ($100 fee) or the full edTPA ($300 fee). If you do not pass your edTPA, contact your teacher education program for re-take guidelines.

More information

Where can I find more information?

The Pearson edTPA website is the official source of information for candidates.