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FAQs for School Partners

What is the edTPA?

The edTPA is a performance-based assessment completed by teacher candidates during student teaching and the semester prior (now called Clinical Practice I and II statewide). The assessment is comprised of three sections, or “tasks”, that teacher candidates complete: planning, instruction and assessment. There are subject-specific versions for each subject area, and handbooks are available for each certification area that provide guidance on subject-specific language and information that should be present in the submitted materials. Teacher candidates will submit a portfolio of artifacts created during Clinical Practice I and II, including lesson plans, sample assessments, written reflections, student work samples and video of themselves teaching. The submission occurs during the Clinical Practice II semester.

Given that teacher candidates already engage in planning, instruction, and assessment activities as part of their preparation at Montclair State, it is important to note that the edTPA is simply a new vehicle through which they will demonstrate competence in these areas.

What is the timeline?

Spring 2017: All MSU student teachers will pilot the edTPA (matching what most universities are doing)

2017-2018 school year: All candidates seeking initial teaching certification in NJ will be required to complete the edTPA in order to be certified. There will be no cut score needed to pass the assessment.

2018-2019 school year: All candidates seeking initial teaching certification in NJ will be required to pass the edTPA by meeting a cut score set by the NJDOE.

What is the role of cooperating teaching?
Teacher candidates will be preparing their edTPA artifacts independently and in workshops, seminar classes and peer groups. While they may have questions or seek advice from their cooperating teachers about what topics to choose, etc., there is no expectation on the part of Montclair State University that the cooperating teacher will set aside extra time to work with the intern specifically on the edTPA. University faculty and staff will be providing ongoing support. In addition, the assessment specifically prohibits cooperating teachers, supervisors, faculty, et al from providing direct feedback on the work teacher candidates plan to submit. The video component is the only piece of the edTPA where the cooperating teacher will need to be “involved,” primarily in terms of the logistics.
What does the video component entail?
Interns must submit video of themselves teaching as part of the implementation section of the edTPA. Here are some quick facts about this component:

  • Student faces do not have to be shown in the video. Video can be shot from behind students and/or student faces can be blurred out with technology that all interns will have access to and training for.
  • As few as five students need to participate (appear) in the lesson.
  • Interns will be required to use a stand-alone video recording device such as an iPod or video camera that is not connected to the Internet. No phone recording devices will be permitted.
  • As per edTPA legal guidelines (to which interns must agree), videos cannot be shared online or used for any other purpose besides submission to edTPA.
  • Interns will be using Tk20, software package/platform, to securely upload videos from the recording devices to a computer and then directly to the edTPA site.
  • Monclair State’s ADP Center for Learning Technologies will be providing ongoing training and support to interns on how to videotape, edit, and upload their videos. The ADP Center will also have video equipment for interns to borrow.
  • The state has provided a sample release form that districts can choose to use or you can require your own release form for student participation in the video if desired.
  • Unless you prefer otherwise, interns will be responsible for disseminating, collecting and storing release forms.

We are grateful for your partnership and thank you for your support in striving to continuously improve the quality of the P-12 teacher education programs at Montclair State University.