edTPA FAQs

General Info

edTPA is a pre-service assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" 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 his/her subject matter to all students. For more information, visit the SCALE/Pearson edTPA site.

Evidence of a candidate's ability to teach is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction taught to one class of students. Materials assessed as part of the edTPA process include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Based on the submitted evidence, which is reviewed by trained scorers, faculty and candidates can discuss the impact of candidates' teaching performance on student learning and determine ways to improve teaching. Faculty can analyze evidence of candidate performance to guide decision-making about program revision. State education agencies may use edTPA scores for licensure and accreditation. Beginning in AY 2019-2020, North Carolina is requiring a passing edTPA score for a licensure recommendation.

Beginning in the fall 2015 semester, all student teaching candidates must complete edTPA.

No … we have embedded edTPA “practice tasks” into our coursework prior to student teaching for all initial licensure programs. These practice tasks give you the chance to learn about edTPA and practice it without the pressures of student teaching. These practice tasks are just that—practice. When you get to your actual student teaching semester, you will complete an entire edTPA product (all required tasks) based on what you are teaching at that time and using the students in your P-12 classroom for student teaching. None of the practice pieces will be used for this final product, but the skills and understanding you’ve learned about edTPA will.

 

While faculty and supervisors have strict guidelines about the kinds of support that can be provided during the student teaching/internship semester, student support sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester to assist candidates in completing the edTPA Final Product and submitting it for scoring by SCALE/Pearson.

Yes. You must take the edTPA and the Praxis Subject Assessment licensure exam test in the same area, so you will want to coordinate this. We strongly recommend that middle grades undergraduate candidates use their first rotation content area during student teaching for the edTPA final product if possible. Otherwise, you may be pushed to complete the edTPA product in your second content area by the submission deadline.

All teacher education programs now have edTPA-like assignments built into program coursework. As candidates complete these programs, they will have opportunities designed by course instructors to better understand the components of edTPA.

In addition, the edTPA Handbooks (containing student directions and all rubrics) plus a variety of other helpful resources are available on our College of Education edTPA Canvas site. Any UNC Charlotte student can enroll in our College of Education edTPA Canvas Site (to enroll: click this link à Enroll in edTPA Canvas course). Ninernet login required for Canvas access. Candidates and faculty should be reminded that the edTPA Handbook materials should NOT be duplicated or shared. Violations may result in user access to these materials being revoked.

Another good website for candidates is the SCALE/Pearson edTPA site. This site provides general information about edTPA and scoring.

Passing Scores for edTPA

Yes. Beginning in AY 2019-2020, all student teaching candidates will have to pass edTPA in order to receive a licensure recommendation. This is a legislative requirement, meaning it is a state law

Yes. edTPA is a required student teaching project. Scores on edTPA will be calculated as part of the student teaching grade. Candidates cannot successfully complete the student teaching course without submitting a viable edTPA product.

As of September 1, 2019, minimum required passing scores on edTPA are as follows:

EDTPA Handbook

REQUIRED PASSING EDTPA SCORE *

PROGRAMS THAT USE THESE HANDBOOKS

For 18-rubric handbooks

45

Elementary Education undergraduates ONLY

For 13-rubric handbooks

32

World Language

For 15-rubric handbooks

38

All other program content areas, including B-K, Elementary Graduate Certificate ONLY, Middle Grades (all areas), Secondary (all areas), Special Education, SPEL (Special Education and Elementary Dual), TESL, and all Arts areas

 

*Note: edTPA scoring rules include a condition codes policy. All pieces of the edTPA product must be “score-able” (i.e., no condition codes in place of scores). If more than 2 pieces of an edTPA task are not score-able, the entire portfolio is not score-able. Candidates are encouraged to check their products prior to submission to make sure all files are complete. For more information, see the edTPA Condition Code scoring policy.

 

Scoring edTPA

The final edTPA product completed during student teaching is scored by SCALE/Pearson. Scorers of edTPA final products are all content area experts who go through a rigorous training process to be accepted. The SCALE/Pearson scores are sent to the candidate and to the Cato College of Education. The practice pieces candidates complete prior to student teaching are reviewed and scored by your course instructor as preparation.

Deadlines for official portfolio submission are announced in the beginning of the student teaching semester and are also available on the edTPA Canvas Site. Check with your site coordinator or edTPA support faculty for details.

SCALE/Pearson does have a process to Request a Score Confirmation. This is a review process where if a candidate believes their scores on one or more rubrics was in error, the candidate can request a score confirmation. This can only be requested when a numeric score has been assigned to all rubrics (no Condition Codes). There is a $200 fee for this service. The written request must be postmarked within 60 calendar days of the score reporting date for your project submission. See Requesting a Score Confirmation on the edTPA.com website for additional information. All costs associated with requesting a score confirmation are the responsibility of the candidate.

Costs of edTPA at UNC Charlotte

For AY 2019-2020, there is a cost, but the submission fee will be paid by the Cato College of Education; there is no cost for the candidate to submit the first, original work product at this time. Candidates who are completing the student teaching semester will be provided a voucher code to use during the submission process. UNC Charlotte will pay for one edTPA submission per candidate. Any costs for retakes for any reason are the sole responsibility of the candidate. See the FAQs related to edTPA Retakes for additional information.  

Beginning in AY 2020-2021, candidates will be individually responsible for the cost of edTPA submission and scoring. NO voucher codes will be distributed by the Cato College of Education starting on August 1, 2020. 

Pay Increase for Higher edTPA Scores in NC

The 2019 budget bill (HB966) includes a mechanism for teachers who are entering the profession beginning in 2019-2021 to receive an additional “bump” on the salary scale that includes edTPA scores as one part of this “bump.” Please note this is subject to change at any time by the NC General Assembly. As of July 23, 2019, the NC budget bill had not been passed. To find any legislation, go to www.ncleg.net and search for the bill/law. The hiring school system will determine if the candidate meets the criteria (not UNC Charlotte). This pay bump only applies to candidates who have never previously worked as teachers.

According to the version of HB 966 (v. 7, ratified June 27, 2019), Section 7B.3.(a), in order to qualify for the bump, teachers must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduate from an approved North Carolina teacher preparation program (UNC Charlotte is an approved program);
  2. Attain a GPA of 3.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale), or an equivalent score on a different GPA scale;
  3. Attain a score of:
  1. For 15-rubric handbooks, a score of 48 to qualify for the pay bump.
  2. For 13-rubric handbooks, a score of 42 to qualify for the pay bump.
  3. For 18-rubric handbooks, a score of 57 to qualify for the pay bump.

If a teacher who is entering the profession in 2019-2021 meets these criteria, and is hired by an LEA, they must be placed on the “A” teacher salary schedule as follows:

If the Teacher* …

Then the Teacher’s salary on the “A” Teacher Salary Schedule is …

Meets the qualifying criteria for minimal edTPA score as established by the legislation

1 year of experience (salary) for year 0 of service

Meets the qualifying criteria + is licensed to teach in a high-needs areas such as special education, science, technology, engineering, or mathematics

2 years of experience (salary) for years 0-1 of service

Meets the qualifying criteria + works in a “low-performing” school upon initial employment

3 years of experience (salary) for years 0-2 of service

 

*Note that only initial licensure applicants are eligible for the edTPA pay increase. Candidates who already have lateral entry or residency licensure and are enrolled at UNC Charlotte to clear those licenses are not eligible.

Per DPI in a communication dated 3.26.18, candidates may retake all or part of edTPA as often as they wish prior to being hired as a classroom teacher. Once a candidate is hired/offered employment, no more edTPA retakes will be considered in determining whether a candidate is eligible for the pay increase. For most districts, “final” edTPA scores are submitted as part of the employment application. Candidates should check with the districts where they are seeking employment for more information. Note: whether a candidate qualifies for the pay increase is determined by the employing district (not UNC Charlotte).

edTPA Retakes

Beginning in AY 2019-2020, a minimum edTPA is score is required to complete the student teaching course and receive a licensure recommendation. Specific procedures and faculty supports will be in place for candidates who need to retake part or all of edTPA in order to secure a passing score.. Candidates who do not meet the minimal passing score or who receive a score of Incomplete because of condition codes are also required to retake part or all of edTPA.

Once all score reports are received, the COED Office of Assessment and Accreditation will contact all candidates who do not meet the minimum passing score on the first attempt with information on next steps.

All costs for retaking part or all of edTPA are the sole responsibility of the candidate. Retaking the assessment is $100 per task to up $300 for the entire portfolio (Elementary Education undergraduate candidates retaking the entire portfolio, including Task 4, will still only pay $300). For more information, please review the edTPA Retake Instructions for Candidates.

Licensure Exams and edTPA

No. Any required licensure exams are mandated by NC DPI and are not part of edTPA. You may register to take the tests at any time you feel ready. Please see the table below for additional information and links about these tests.

For additional information about specific test passing scores, visit the TEAL website; to learn about Praxis tests, visit the ETS Praxis website and search by state; to learn about the NC Foundations tests, visit the NC Foundations of Teaching test website.