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What is edTPA?

The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a summative portfolio-based assessment of teaching that assesses candidates' readiness for the field. The PDF iconedTPA Fact Sheet provides an additional overview of the assessment.

What is the format of edTPA?

Student teachers complete three tasks: (a) Planning for Instruction and Assessment, (b) Instructing and Engaging Students in Learning, and (c) Assessing Student Learning. Candidates are required to analyze their teaching and address academic language across tasks. Candidates submit artifacts (such as lesson plans and learner work samples) and respond to commentary prompts. The final edTPA portfolio is submitted to Pearson through Tk20 and scored by educators and faculty with subject-area expertise.

Who needs to complete edTPA?

All initial teacher licensure candidates complete edTPA.

When does edTPA need to be completed?

The edTPA is completed during the semester of student teaching. Details are available from your program managers.

How do candidates register for edTPA?

Candidates will register on the edTPA website: The PDF iconedTPA Registration Instructions for Student Teachers document provides step-by-step instructions for this process.

What is the cost of edTPA?

The cost to submit an edTPA portfolio is $300.

How do candidates submit their final portfolio for scoring?

The PDF iconTk20 help guide for edTPA
provides step-by-step instructions for submitting the final portfolio to Tk20 and Pearson.

The PDF iconTk20 User Guidelines for Video Uploads
provides instructions on how to format and upload videos, as well as other important guidelines.

Who do I contact for questions I have about edTPA?

  • Each program provides support for technology and Tk20 in different ways. Please contact the individual who coordinates student teaching within your program to learn about the supports that are available.
  • Faculty, staff, lecturers and program managers can contact the edTPA Coordinator in the Office of Accreditation, Placement, and Licensure with questions pertaining to implementation.

Where can I learn more about edTPA?

All the latest information about edTPA can be found on the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) website, The website includes helpful tips and an extensive resource library for program managers and faculty. Only faculty/staff/lecturers that prepare candidates for the edTPA may have access to the resources on the password protected site. Please contact the edTPA Coordinator to request access.

For additional information about training, registration, submission, and scoring on the edTPA website, go to: A short in-house video is available, especially targeted for Cooperating Teacher and Principals. Click here to see the video.

There are also resources from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) about the use of videos in performance assessment. They are specific to roles of parents, Cooperating Teachers, faculty and staff, and school administrators. Follow these links to view:

Cooperating Teacher:
Faculty/staff/IHE administrators:
School administrators:

As a guide for faculty that not only have the edTPA portfolio, but also are collecting videos to prepare for edTPA, nine guiding principles are listed here:


Last Updated: 11/10/16