TPA Introduction

The Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) you complete during DT is a major component of your demonstration teaching experience, intended to provide credible evidence that you can:

 

  • Construct and deliver an instructional unit or learning segment
  • Construct challenging, meaningful classroom assessments
  • Effect student pre- to post-test learning gains
  • Analyze and reflect on your experience to promote your professional growth, and
  • Become a strong contributing member of the teaching profession

You are automatically enrolled in one of the following versions of the TPA. The version you complete is dependent on your state’s licensure or program requirements. For more information on the required TPA, review the chart below.  

 

  • Teacher Work Sample (TWS)
  • edTPA
  • MoPTA

All of the TPAs require you to design and implement high quality instruction that employs a range of strategies. The TPAs allow you to document your planning, instruction, and student outcomes. You document, reflect, and build upon your teaching experiences. You demonstrate that you can deliver an effective instructional unit, employ meaningful classroom assessments, and have a positive impact on student learning.  

 

If you plan to license in a state that requires the edTPA or MoPTA for licensure yet you are physically completing DT in a state that does not require that specific assessment, you will complete the TPA required by your planned licensure state. Teacher candidates licensing in an edTPA or MoPTA state who are placed in a setting where video recording is prohibited (psychiatric facilities, juvenile correctional facilities, court schools, hospitals or DOD schools) will submit a request to edTPA@wgu.edu for the non-video alternative materials. All students who complete demonstration teaching in an edTPA state must complete the assessment, even if they plan to license in a different state in which the edTPA is not required.

 

A third party vendor (Pearson or ETS) scores the edTPA and MoPTA. You will need to meet specific scoring window deadlines in order to be successful with the edTPA or MoPTA. You are provided additional information about scoring deadlines during the cohort seminar. It takes 3-6 weeks to receive your score back from the third party vendor. You will plan your term ending accordingly with your mentor.

 

Important note for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Candidates  

 

WGU Early Childhood candidates do not have a TPA requirement in their program during DT. However, if you are licensing in an edTPA or MoPTA identified state, you complete the TPA required for licensure in your state. In order to ensure the TPA is completed to satisfy the licensure requirement, Teacher Success will not pass the cohort seminar until the TPA has officially passed.

 

State or Territory

Required TPA

Alabama

edTPA

Alaska

TWS

Arizona

TWS

Arkansas

TWS

California

edTPA

Colorado

TWS

Connecticut

TWS

Delaware

edTPA

District of Columbia

TWS

Florida

TWS

Georgia

edTPA

Guam

TWS

Hawaii

edTPA

Idaho

TWS

Illinois

edTPA

Indiana

TWS

Iowa

edTPA

Kansas

TWS

Kentucky

TWS

Louisiana

TWS

Maine

TWS

Maryland

edTPA

Massachusetts

TWS

Michigan

TWS

Minnesota

edTPA

Mississippi

TWS

Missouri

MoPTA

Montana

TWS

Nebraska

TWS

Nevada

TWS

New Hampshire

TWS

New Jersey

edTPA

New Mexico

TWS

New York

edTPA

North Carolina

edTPA

North Dakota

TWS

Ohio

edTPA

Oklahoma

TWS

Oregon

edTPA

Pennsylvania

TWS

Puerto Rico

TWS

Rhode Island

TWS

South Carolina

TWS

South Dakota

TWS

Tennessee

edTPA

Texas

TWS

Utah

TWS

Vermont

TWS

Virginia

TWS

Virgin Islands

TWS

Washington

edTPA

West Virginia

edTPA

Wisconsin

edTPA

Wyoming

edTPA