“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
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.