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edTPA Procedures


“edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom. For each handbook field, the placement is a Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. edTPA is a subject-specific assessment that includes versions for 27 teaching fields. The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment.” Pearson Education Inc. 2016

“Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students’ strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. Teacher candidates submit unedited video recordings of themselves at work in a real classroom as part of a portfolio that is scored by highly trained educators. edTPA builds on decades of teacher performance assessment development and research regarding teaching skills and practices that improve student learning.” Pearson Education Inc. 2016

Teacher Candidates

The completion and submission of the edTPA portfolio is a program requirement that is completed during student teaching. While many states require passing scores on the edTPA for teacher licensure, all Liberty University students seeking initial certification will need to meet this requirement, regardless of state participation. For an up-to-date list of states that require the edTPA, please refer to the edTPA Participation Map. Detailed information on specific state requirements, can be found by clicking the link for “Descriptions of State Policies”.

Why does Liberty require the edTPA?

Liberty University made the decision to require the completion of the edTPA porfolio, because it provides value to our student teachers as a summative assessment. Completing the edTPA gives student teachers the opportunity to plan, instruct, assess, and reflect with an intentionality that will serve them well as future teachers. Liberty also reports data from our candidates’ edTPA performance to CAEP, our accrediting body, to ensure that our graduates are professional leaders in the field of education.


Liberty University gives each teacher candidate access to the appropriate edTPA handbook and a host of resources. Teacher candidates also learn about each edTPA tasks through pre-edTPA assignments embedded in courses.
Each student teacher will have a course professor, who will be available for questions and to perform technical reviews on candidates’ portfolios prior to submission.
Liberty University also provides a voucher for each student teacher’s initial registration and submission of edTPA to Pearson.

Registration and Submission

Students register for the edTPA through Pearson.

  1. Read over the Getting Started documents as they are very helpful.
  2. When you are ready to register, choose Register and follow the sequential steps for registration.
  3. When registering, choose Integrated edTPA Provider System. This simply means that you will submit your portfolio to Pearson through LiveText.
  4. When it requests the state requirement, choose your state and not Virginia. Also, please choose Liberty University as a score recipient

If you have difficulty with registration, an explanation of every step related to registration can be found in the Getting Started document. Once you have completed the process, you will be ready to start creating documents for your portfolio. The documents for your portfolio will be completed during your student teaching experience.  In the Candidates section on the edTPA home page, there are a number of helpful resources. Additionally, the Accessing Online Training link has many helpful resources as well as video tutorials. Once the portfolio is completed, you will submit your portfolio in LiveText and it is sent to Pearson by clicking a “Send to edTPA” button in LiveText. Then you need to go to edTPA.com and officially submit your portfolio for scoring. As long as you haven’t gone to the www.edTPA.com website and officially submitted your portfolio, you can withdraw your portfolio from LiveText to make changes and revisions. Once you have officially submitted to www.edTPA.com, no revisions can be made.