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The edTPA is one of the certification exams mandated by New York State to become a teacher. The edTPA was designed to answer the essential question: "Is this new teacher ready for the job?"

During student teaching, candidates teach 3-5 lessons and submit video clips of instruction, student work samples, and lesson plans, along with an analyses of student learning in order to demonstrate their impact on student learning.

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Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following resources are from the edTPA website.

Important Sites and Resources

Portfolio Preparation

Video Making

Advice for Completing the edTPA by Former edTPA Student Teachers

Early On

  • Read the handbook!
  • Talk with your SBE right away to be sure they understand the edTPA
  • Start observations early to determine who you want your focus student to be
  • If required, get your permission slips out to families as soon as possible and keep a list so you know who cannot be seen in the video.
  • Familiarize yourself with the camera – shoot a test video, upload and edit a practice one
  • Familiarize your students with having a camera in the classroom so when that you “go live”, it isn't a big deal
  • Follow a timeline!


  • Videotape multiple lessons to get plenty of footage – shoot a lot of video
  • Triple check your classroom before filming to be sure there is nothing that gives away the school/district or students full names
  • Triple check the camera volume – it should be on high!

The Writing Process

  • Be sure that your learning segment has a distinct beginning and end
  • Do not stress out about finding a "perfect" clip, the reality is they don’t exist and what matters most is how you respond to the teaching situation.
  • Keep all of your documents saved in ONE place – and then back it up in another – but be sure it is all together. The horror stories are real – don’t be one of them.
  • Cite research where it says to site research
  • When it says "do this OR this" replace it with "do this AND this"
  • Refer to the handbook AND the rubrics when answering your questions
  • Stick to the timeline you agreed to follow!
  • Work with your peers!! Give each other constructive and honest feedback. Score each other using the rubrics.
  • Your peers are your best support!
  • Utilize the "peer review/work days" provided by the college effectively ~ be ready to peer review
  • Proofread everything twice and review the rubrics to be sure you answered everything