School of Education



What is the edTPA?

The edTPA is a performance-based pre-service assessment designed by educators to determine a teacher candidate's readiness to enter the classroom. 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.

edTPA is aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, state professional teaching standards, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards, and the Common Core State Standards.

edTPA provides meaningful data to support teacher education programs as they evaluate, reflect on, and continually improve their programs to ensure a relevant, integrated curriculum centered on student learning. For more information about edTPA, Visit the edTPA Website.

As of January, 2019, all initial licensure candidate in the School of Education are required to complete and submit the edTPA for national scoring.

Candidates' participation in this process is a valuable learning opportunity and provides excellent preparation for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) and the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). edTPA will also provide evidence of a teacher’s readiness to enter the profession that can be acted upon to support candidate and program improvement.

Information for Candidates:

All related edTPA materials are housed in Canvas for your seminar course. There are a number of support documents located in Canvas for your use, including the edTPA Handbook for your specific licensure area, commentary templates, a checklist, and helpful guides for navigating and using the Pearson site ( 

April Thomas serves as the edTPA Coordinator for the School of Education. She can be reached at 513-745-3701 or email at  

Information for Supervisors and Cooperating Teachers:

First, thank you for sharing your time and talent with our student teachers. You serve a critical role in shaping teachers that will impact future generations of children. Your support of the student teacher is truly valued. When it comes to edTPA, your role is to keep providing the positive support you have always given. There are some guidelines for what is considered appropriate support and assistance. See the following links below:

Cooperating Teacher edTPA Powerpoint

Supervisors edTPA Powerpoint

Teachers Who Support Teacher Candidates Handout

Why edTPA? 

edTPA for P-12 Administrators


What is CPAST?

The Candidate Preservice Assessment of Student Teaching (CPAST) is a formative and summative evaluation of the student teaching experience. This evaluation is completed at midterm of the student teaching semester, and once again at the end of the semester. 

For more information on CPAST, please contact April Thomas, LIcensure and Accreditation Coordinator at 513-745-3701 or via email at