edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment.
Performance assessment is an authentic form of evaluation. edTPA requires clinical interns to demonstrate teaching rather than select an answer from a ready-made list. Through edTPA, teacher candidates demonstrate that they have the classroom skills necessary to ensure that students are learning.
edTPA focuses on subject-specific student learning and principles from research and theory. edTPA is aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) as well as subject-matter content and pedagogical standards. Kean University is among the 790 Educator Preparation Programs in 41 states and the District of Columbia currently participating in edTPA.
As of fall 2017, every teacher candidate in New Jersey must complete edTPA.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 351 candidates from Kean University completed this teacher certification requirement. Sound pedagogical practices required in edTPA are embedded in teacher education courses at Kean. The faculty are committed to supporting each student not only to complete edTPA but to be the best teacher they can be.
Teaching requires dedication, and we expect 100 percent commitment from each teacher candidate. Do your best as you complete edTPA, so that your score and your portfolio can shine on!
Clinical Interns enrolled in the following courses are required to complete edTPA:
- Fine Arts - FA4990
- Fine Arts - FA4991
- Music - MUS4301
- Theater - EMSE4811
- Spanish - EMSE4811
- Math - EMSE4811
- Science - EMSE4811
- History - EMSE4811
- Elementary - EMSE4810
- Middle & Secondary - EMSE4812
- Early Childhood – EC4401
- Physical Education – PED4699
Alternate Route candidates should complete edTPA in the third semester of their program. Please consult with your advisor.
All candidates submitting edTPA in a particular semester are required to submit the completed Kean edTPA Support Guidelines available through Chalk & Wire.
Clinical interns complete subject specific "tasks" and submit these tasks electronically as a portfolio through the Pearson/edTPA system. Elementary education clinical interns are required to complete four tasks; all other subject areas must complete three tasks.