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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