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Requesting an Alternative to Video Evidence

A video recording is the most authentic evidence of a candidate's instruction. However, teacher candidates may encounter situations in which the setting or reason prohibits video recording due to safety or security concerns or other factors that inhibit the candidate from collecting evidence for Task 2, Part A video evidence as directed in the edTPA Submission Requirements PDF.

The following have been identified as settings and a reason by which candidates may need to collect alternative to video evidence for Task 2, Part A:

  • Hospitals
  • Juvenile correctional facilities or court schools
  • Military base classrooms
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Religious reasons
  • Special education settings
  • Virtual learning environments (VLE)
    • Important Note: Some schools or school districts may have established a policy that will not allow students' faces to be shown/recorded in the virtual learning environment. In most cases, emojis, avatars, thumbnails, etc. will be considered as acceptable forms of evidence for the Task 2 video(s), and the teacher candidate DOES NOT need to request an alternative to video evidence. However, for learning goals that require students to perform, demonstrate, etc., (e.g., physical education), students must be seen.

If it is determined that alternative evidence is required because of one of the settings or reason noted above, educator preparation programs (EPPs) or building level administrators (for unaffiliated candidates) should work with their candidate to:

  • Review the instructions in the Requesting an Alternative to Video Evidence: Guidelines and Instructions PDF (see p. 2) to determine if the alternative evidence in fulfillment of the Task 2 Part A is appropriate and viable for both the candidate and P–12 learners.
  • Determine if the setting or reason will allow the teacher candidate to capture synchronous, authentic evidence of instruction for Task 2, to be scored according to the edTPA rubrics.

Note: These reasons do not include settings in districts that prefer to not allow video recording in their classrooms but have policies expressly prohibiting video recording.

Verification for Candidate to Submit Alternative to Video Evidence

After determining alternative evidence is required because the candidate is unable to complete edTPA Task 2/Part A video recording due to one of the settings or reason noted above, EPPs or building level administrators (for unaffiliated candidates) should:

Once verification has been obtained to submit alternative to video evidence, edTPA EPP Support will notify the candidate and send the form 'REQUEST TO SUBMIT ALTERNATIVE TO VIDEO EVIDENCE' in fulfillment of edTPA Task 2, Part A.

To find instructions, requirements, and considerations, please see Requesting Alternative to Video Evidence: Guidelines and Instructions PDF.