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edTPA is a pre-service teacher assessment process designed by professional teachers to prepare teacher candidates with the skills necessary to maximize their students learning potential. edTPA is comparable to professional licensing exams (i.e. bar exam, registered nurse exam, and architecture exam) that demand applications of skills in the profession. In order to prepare and assess these candidates, edTPA includes a “review of the teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students” (edTPA, n.d). edTPA includes multiple assessments of teaching (planning, instruction, assessment and analyzing teaching). Each assessment is aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards and the Common Core State Standards. By producing quality teacher education graduates the College of Education will strengthen their reputation in the market place and attain a competitive advantage to set us apart as leaders of this national initiative.

Many candidates are required to complete a Teacher Performance Assessment as part of their program and/or to meet state certification requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you need to complete edTPA please consult your education program specialist (EPS).

edTPA Consequential States: California, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Tennessee. 

If you have further questions, contact your EPS and visit the teacher licensure page ( ) for state specific requirements prior to reaching out to your state agency.


edTPA is the first nationally accessible pre-service teacher assessment and support program to:

  • Improve student outcomes
  • Improve the information base guiding improvement of teacher preparation programs
  • Strengthen the information base for accreditation and evaluation of program effectiveness
  • Be used in combination with other measures as a requirement for licensure
  • Guide professional development for teachers across the career continuum
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Watch this presentation for an introduction to the basic elements of edTPA:

In the following video, Academic Dean Pamela Roggeman introduces you to the edTPA tile and what it can do for you.

FAQ’s for Candidates –

Includes information on the following topics:

  • Registration Info
  • Completing the edTPA
  • Submission
  • Pearson e-Portfolio System Tech Assistance
  • Scoring

FAQ’s for Faculty –

Includes information on the following topics:

  • Accessing the Pearson e-Portfolio System
  • Providing Feedback
  • Candidate Submission and Score Info

Additional FAQ’s –

Includes information on the following topics:

    • General Info about edTPA
    • Partner Roles in edTPA
    • Teacher Education Curriculum
    • Submitting and Scoring edTPA
    • Leveraging edTPA Data into Programs
    • Costs Associated with edTPA
    • Security, Video, and edTPA
    • State Policy