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Welcome to the CSU College of Education edTPA website

Making Our Candidates Safe

Welcome to the CSU College of Education edTPA website.  The purpose of this site is to provide our teacher candidates, CSU faculty, and cooperating partners with the latest information and resources.  
What is edTPA?

The edTPA formerly known as the Teacher Performance Assessment is a nationally available pre-service assessment of teacher candidates’ safe to practice. The assessment focuses on the impact the teacher has on student engagement and learning. The assessment is modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) performance assessment for experienced teachers and draws from research on effective teaching.  More than 35 states and the District of Columbia are in various stages of implementing edTPA as an assessment of candidate performance.

edTPA is a subject-specific assessment with versions in 27 different teaching fields that require state licensure (e.g. Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood, Secondary, Special Education, Physical Education, Library Specialist, and World Language, etc.,).  edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that document and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.

The edTPA assessment measures five discrete but interrelated dimensions of teaching:

The edTPA assessment measures five discrete but interrelated dimensions of teachingPlanning for Instruction and Assessment, candidates provide evidence of their ability to select, adapt, or design learning tasks and assessments that offer all students equitable access to curriculum content.  Artifacts include three – five consecutive lesson plans, instructional material, student assignments/assessments, and written planning commentary.

Instruction and Engaging Students in Learning, candidates provide evidence of their ability to engage students in meaningful learning task and demonstrate how they facilitate students' developing understanding of the content. Artifacts include one or two unedited video clips of 15-20 minutes from one of the three consecutive learning segments and written instructional commentary.

Assessment of Student Learning, candidates demonstrate how they analyze their students’ learning and use assessment information to plan future instruction. Artifacts include classroom assessments of the whole class and cases of individual student learning over time (evaluation criteria), student work samples, evidence of the teacher candidate’s feedback, and written assessment commentary.

Analyzing Teaching, Candidates reflect on and analyze evidence of the effects of instruction on student learning.

Academic Language, Candidates demonstrate their ability to expand students’ language repertoire for the content domain.

edTPA at CSU

The College of Education combined with the College of Arts and Sciences understands that the edTPA is the culminating assessment for teacher candidates during pre-service experience.  Therefore, the edTPA Steering Committee developed principles, practices, and various components of the project throughout the educational program from the clinical and pedagogical courses to the culmination.