College of Education and Learning Design


What is the edTPA?

The edTPA is a subject-specific teacher performance assessment completed during student teaching. The performance assessment focuses on a learning segment of 3-5 lessons. Candidates submit artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work) and written commentaries as evidence of teaching proficiency. Professional scorers rate candidate performance in planning, instruction, and assessment using rubrics from the edTPA handbook.


Message From the edTPA Coordinators

Hello SCSU College of Education and Learning Design Student,

Whether you have just been admitted into the College of Education and Learning Design or are beginning your final phase of professional preparation and student teaching, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the edTPA Coordinator at SCSU. The edTPA is a performance-based assessment tool for pre-service teachers designed by Stanford University to determine whether or not a teacher candidate is ready to teach. In the State of Minnesota, successful completion of the edTPA is a condition of licensure.

SCSU is committed to preparing highly effective educators and for supporting candidates throughout the rigorous process of becoming a licensed teacher. You can be confident that the faculty and administration at SCSU have been engaged in ongoing curriculum mapping, professional development, and strategic planning to make sure that you are prepared for the edTPA.

In addition to preparing faculty for the edTPA, we have also created a variety of support tools to set you up for success. Please take the opportunity to review the edTPA resources on this site and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at

You are entering a very exciting time as you transition from university student to professional educator. We are here to support you and wish you the best of luck and much success.

Thank you.

Rochelle Dyer
edTPA Coordinator

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