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What is edTPA?

     edTPA is a uniform and impartial process to evaluate aspiring teachers based on subject-specific content with separate versions for Early Childhood and Special Education, Foreign Languages, Art and Music Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education licensure fields. edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate’s authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate’s ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.  Formerly known as the Teacher Performance Assessment, edTPA is a nation wide, content-specific assessment tool that shows how teacher candidates develop and evaluate student learning. 

Who developed edTPA?

     Demand for edTPA grew so rapidly that Stanford University engaged Pearson as an operational partner to help deliver it to the wide educational audience that asked for it. Involvement with edTPA is endorsed by AACTE and the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC), comprised of 24 states and the District of Columbia and more than 160 teacher preparation programs participating in edTPA activities. edTPA was field tested in Spring 2012. Stanford University is the exclusive owner of edTPA. 

Why edTPA?

      edTPA was developed "by teachers for teachers."  This assessment is intended to be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation.  It will also ensure that all teacher candidates are prepared and are "classroom ready" on their first day as a certified educator.  edTPA will be tied to the new tiered certification for the state of Georgia and is the first nationally available assessment for teacher candidates.  edTPA will be compulsory in the state of Georgia in 2015-2016. The timeline for implementation at VSU will be as follows:

  • AY 2013-2013: Training and Orientation
  • AY 2014-2015: Pilot
  • AY 2015-2016: Full Implementation

edTPA and VSU 

     Valdosta State University's edTPA Advisory Council is comprised of three unit representatives and the edTPA Coordinator.  On this council is Mrs. Jamie Bird (edTPA Coordinator, Director of Field Experience and Clinical Practice), Mrs. Melody Fuller (MSRD Department), Dr. Jessica Graves (ESED Department), and Dr. Barbara Radcliffe (MSRD Department).  This council was instituted to define organizational structure, coordinate training, and facilitate implementation.  Along with these duties the edTPA Advisory Council also serves as an information source. 

     Valdosta State University also instituted a COEHS edTPA Program Facilitators Planning Committee.  This committee is made up of one facilitator from each department, which is selected by the department head.  This committee serves at a liaison with the edTPA Advisory Council.  The Facilitator Planning Committee is responsible for departmental coordination and functional implementation.  This Committee is comprised of the following facilitators:

  • Dr. Jennifer Beal-Alvarez - Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education
  • Dr. Sonya Sanderson - Physical Education
  • Dr. Jessica Graves - Early Childhood & Special Education
  • Dr. Paula McNeill - Visual Art
  • Dr. Randy Gladwin - Classical Language
  • Dr. Lynn Corbin - Performing Arts
  • Dr. Daesang Kim - CLT

* Please be advised the information on this site comes directly from the edTPA website.  To see the full overview of the edTPA program and for more information, please visit their website.  Please click here for more information on edTPA Support - Guidelines for Mentor Teachers.