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TEP (Elementary) Entry and Exit: edTPA (Program Exit)

This guide is meant to educate and inform students on the process to be admitted to Teacher Education Program (TEP) as a teacher licensure candidate. This guide also provides information on graduating and exiting the program to become a licensed teacher.


In NCCU's Teacher Education Program, you will be gradually exposed to various aspects of edTPA in your coursework, and offered practice opportunities to learn the language and requirements of the tool. You will develop and submit your official edTPA portfolio during your student teaching internship, under the guidance of your seminar leader and program coordinator.

What is edTPA?

"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."

"The assessment features a common architecture focused on three tasks: Planning, Instruction, and Assessment."

"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."