edTPA Information

“edTPA is designed to assess a teacher candidate’s readiness to teach.  During field experiences, candidates are trying out what they have learned, and they receive feedback on their performance from supervisors, cooperating teacher and other support providers.” (edTPA, edTPA Guidelines for Acceptable Candidate Support, Revised April 2014,

What edTPA supports are in place for teacher candidates?
                  1. edTPA tasks, vocabulary and process have been woven into all   
                       education coursework.
                  2. Subject-specific handbooks are provided to each teacher candidate.
3. Video assistance in the form of one-on-one support, workshops, video
                       tutorials and guidance documents.
4. WP faculty, supervisors and staff are familiar with edTPA.

How can clinical educators and clinical supervisors support candidates?
                  1. Learn the basics of edTPA
                  2. Explain your reasoning to teacher candidates when you teach.
                  3. Consider when teacher candidates will give lessons.
                  4. Help teacher candidates manage their time effectively.
                  5. Help teacher candidates with the technical aspects of edTPA.
From Teaching Quality, 5 edTPA tips for cooperating teachers http://www.teachingquality.org/content/blogs/ctq/5-edtpa-tips-cooperating-teachers  , retrieved , April 27, 2016 Available in its entirety within the Clinical Experiences Handbook.

Acceptable Forms of Support for Teacher Candidate in Clinical Practice
* Using edTPA rubrics or rubric language to provide feedback on observed lessons as part of the clinical supervision process but not planned or implemented edTPA learning segments.
* Ask probing questions about a teacher candidate’s draft edTPA responses or video recordings without providing direct edits or providing specific answers to prompts.

Unacceptable Forms of Support for Teacher Candidates in Clinical Practice
* Editing a teacher candidate’s materials for submission.
* Providing specific, alternate responses prior to submission for official scoring.
* Helping teacher candidates to select video clips.
* Using or uploading a teacher candidate’s edTPA work, in whole or part, on any publicly available website, location or social media.