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Registration Information

What edTPA assessment should I register for?

If you are unsure what assessment you should select during registration, please review specific information about your state's participation in edTPA or contact the edTPA Coordinator at your educator preparation program.

Where can I find registration and submission deadlines?

Candidates complete the assessment based on due dates established by their preparation program or licensure requirement. See the edTPA submission and reporting dates.

What is the fee for edTPA?

$300 for full assessment or full retake
$100 for single-task retake

How do I register for edTPA?

All candidates must register on this website, www.edtpa.com. Go to the Candidates/Register page for more information. Refer to the edTPA Registration Overview PDF document for details on the registration process.

What will I need to do if I need to withdraw from the edTPA after I have registered?

edTPA registrations are valid for 18 months. If after registering for edTPA you wish to withdraw your registration, you may do so by logging in to your account on this website, selecting Current Registrations, then Withdraw, and following the instructions provided.

Read the full Withdrawal/Refund Policy on the Candidate Policies page of this website for more information.

My institution is using another system (not Pearson's) for the edTPA. Do I need to register with Pearson too?
Yes. All candidates—including those using an integrated edTPA platform provider—who plan to submit their portfolios to Pearson for scoring must register on this site, www.edtpa.com. Read more about the registration process.

Completing edTPA

Where do I find my assessment handbook and templates?

You will be able to access handbooks and templates in one of these ways:

  1. Through your educator preparation program
  2. Through the Pearson ePortfolio system, if you plan to use this system to build and submit your portfolio for scoring
  3. Through an integrated edTPA Platform Provider system, if you plan to use this system to build your portfolio on your campus's integrated edTPA Platform Provider system
Which portfolio system should I use?

If you are unsure which system to use, please check with your edTPA Coordinator or faculty advisor at your educator preparation program.

If I am not affiliated with an educator preparation program, what is the process for completing edTPA?
  1. Go to the Getting Started page on this website.
  2. Review the information on this site for candidates, including resources such as Making Good Choices, video tutorials, policies, submission deadlines, FAQs, and Customer Support contact information.
  3. Register for edTPA. During registration you may complete an optional field to direct your score report to a specific state for licensure purposes.
  4. After registering, you have access (through your account on this site) to the Pearson ePortfolio platform.
  5. Within the Pearson ePortfolio platform, download the handbook and templates for the registered assessment.
  6. Complete your portfolio, upload your files, and submit for scoring.
  7. You will then receive an edTPA score report, and the licensure state you indicated during registration also receives your scores, if applicable.
Some of my edTPA files are in a language other than English. Am I required to submit translations?

For World Language and Classical Languages, no translation is required.

For Elementary Literacy, Elementary Mathematics, and Elementary Education (combined Literacy and Mathematics tasks), no translation is required if the language of instruction is Spanish.

For Special Education with a specialty area of Deaf and Hearing Impaired, no translation is required if the language of instruction is American Sign Language.

For all other subject area edTPA submissions, the use of a language other than English requires a translation for video, instructional materials, etc.

For questions, please contact Pearson Customer Support.

Submission

What is the deadline for submitting my portfolio?

Candidates complete the assessment based on due dates established by their preparation program or licensure requirement. Check with your program's edTPA Coordinator or your faculty advisor for information on specific submission deadlines. You can review submission and reporting dates.

Be sure to allow yourself adequate time before your planned submission date to upload and review your files in the Pearson system and to complete the submission process for scoring.

I don't have one of the required documents or video files. Can I still submit my portfolio for scoring?

No. In order to submit your portfolio, you must include the specified number, type, and content of files. The system will not allow you to submit for scoring until you have uploaded and viewed the required files. Additionally, you will want to confirm that you have met all of the submission requirements prior to submitting for scoring.

I submitted my edTPA for scoring but realized one of my documents was incorrect/I forgot a document/I need to submit my portfolio for feedback. How can I do this?

The "Final Submission Agreement" screen during the submission of an edTPA portfolio states, "If you have participated in the formative feedback process with faculty reviewers, your faculty reviewers will no longer be able to send feedback through the Message Center."

Additionally, in order to submit your edTPA portfolio materials for scoring, you must acknowledge the following statement: "I understand that by submitting my portfolio to Pearson, my submission is final and I will no longer have access to my files through the Pearson ePortfolio system for any edits or reviews."

As stated, once your materials have been submitted for scoring, you will be unable to make any revisions, replace any files, or request feedback on your files through the Pearson ePortfolio system.

Before submitting, be sure to verify that your portfolio meets the submission requirements.

Will I be able to view my files after I submit them for scoring?

No. Candidates will not be able to access their files in the Pearson ePortfolio system after submitting them for scoring.

When submitting your portfolio for scoring, you must acknowledge the following statement: "I understand that by submitting my portfolio to Pearson, my submission is final and I will no longer have access to my files through the Pearson ePortfolio system for any edits or reviews." Candidates should always save copies of their own work.

How do I confirm my portfolio has been submitted for scoring?

After you have agreed to the Submission attestations, a confirmation box will display stating "Your portfolio has been submitted for scoring." You will need to click 'Okay' in order to close this box.

Once your portfolio has been submitted, an email confirmation will be generated and sent to the email you indicated when creating your account on the edTPA website.

You may also confirm your portfolio has been submitted at any time by logging into your account and navigating to your View Scores and Testing History page. Successfully submitted portfolios will be listed there.

Please see the Using the Pearson ePortfolio System document, or the Submitting your Assessment video overview, available in the Preparation section of this website, for more information and visual instructions.

Pearson ePortfolio System Technical Assistance

What are the Pearson ePortfolio system requirements?

Windows users:

  • Windows XP or later
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8.0 and 9.0, Firefox 23 or later
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 or higher, available free of charge
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.3 or later, available free of charge
  • Microsoft Word 1997–2003 or later, or OpenOffice 3

Mac users:

  • OS X v10.6 or later
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Browser: Safari 5 or later (Google Chrome and Firefox users may experience known browser issues)
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 or higher, available free of charge
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.3 or later, available free of charge
  • Microsoft Word 1997–2003 or later, or OpenOffice 3

For additional system help, see the Troubleshooting Tips links to a PDF document and the additional helpful resources available on this site.

Is there a size limit on file uploads?

We recommend file sizes between 200 and 300 MB; the maximum size that the system accepts is 500 MB. There is no limit on the number of megabytes (MB) uploaded for an entire portfolio. A 500 MB limit was set to encourage the compression of large videos before candidates attempt an upload. The success of an upload through any application depends heavily on the type of network, the file size, and the network capacity at upload time.

For additional system help, see the additional tips and guides on using the Pearson ePortfolio system.

I'm unable to upload a video file/document/any file at all. What should I do?

It is important to understand various aspects of the Pearson ePortfolio system will not work as intended if any of your system components are not up-to-date. Please refer to the minimum requirements provided in the previous FAQ. If you continue to experience an error when uploading files it is recommended you update your internet browser, as well as your Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash plug-ins, to ensure you are running the latest version of all components.

Please note many errors experienced when uploading a document may be resolved by saving the document as a PDF file before uploading. There are various ways to save a document as a PDF. Additional instructions can be found in the preparation resources available on this site.

If you are a Mac user and are encountering transcode errors, please refer to Tips for Mac Users for additional information.

Frequently asked questions about video uploads, as well as additional troubleshooting tips for questions experienced when using the Pearson ePortfolio system, can be found in candidate preparation section of this website.

Candidates Using Integrated Platform Providers

I am using a portfolio system other than Pearson's, and I have a question. How do I get help?
Refer to Contact Us to find information for all of the integrated platform providers. If you don't find contact information for the system you are using on this page, please contact your institution's edTPA Coordinator.
Where can I find handbooks, templates, and instructions?
Candidates may obtain edTPA handbooks and templates from their faculty adviser or edTPA Coordinator, or they can download them directly from the platform provider system they are using to build their portfolio.
How do I get my authorization key?
Why is my authorization key not working in the platform provider system?
An authorization key may only be used if you have a valid registration in the Pearson system for the portfolio that you are building. The authorization key may become invalid for a variety of reasons. For example, if you registered for the Elementary Literacy assessment in the Pearson System and are attempting to transfer a portfolio for Elementary Education, the authorization key will not be valid. Please review the error messages displayed by the system and contact Pearson Customer Support for additional assistance.
How do I confirm my portfolio has been submitted for scoring?

The official submission status for an edTPA assessment can only be provided by Pearson.

After you have agreed to the Submission attestations in the Pearson ePortfolio System, a confirmation box will display stating "Your portfolio has been submitted for scoring." You will need to click 'Okay' in order to close this box.

Once your portfolio has been submitted, an email confirmation will be generated and sent to the email address you indicated when creating your account on the edTPA website when you first registered.

You may also log in to the Pearson ePortfolio system to check your status.

How do I submit my portfolio for official scoring by Pearson?
In order for your portfolio to be officially scored by Pearson, you must:
  • Register for the edTPA assessment on this website, www.edTPA.com.
  • Transfer your portfolio from your Integrated Platform Provider System to Pearson using a valid authorization key.
  • Log in to the Pearson ePortfolio System.
  • On the Pearson ePortfolio system, open and view your transferred files and labels to confirm they transferred accurately.
  • Submit your portfolio for scoring and agree to all Submission attestations.

For more information about this process, please review Completing the Assessment.

Scoring

When will I receive my score report?

Score report dates depend on your assessment selection and submission dates. Review the edTPA submission and reporting dates for more information.

Your scores are reported to you and to any institution that you indicated as a score recipient when you registered. If applicable, your scores are also reported directly to the relevant state agency responsible for educator licensure.

Who will receive my scores?

Your edTPA score report will be reported to you and to any institution that was indicated as a score recipient during the registration process. If applicable, scores are also reported directly to the relevant state agency responsible for educator licensure.

Please refer to the scoring information for candidates section of this website for complete information regarding edTPA score release.

What is the edTPA passing score?

edTPA passing scores are determined by individual states for licensure and by programs for program requirements. For information on state passing scores, please refer to the educator certification agency in your state. For information on program requirements, please consult the individual program.

How can I appeal my score?

A Score Confirmation request is the process for appealing a score.

If you believe that a score (not a condition code) on one or more rubrics was reported in error, you may submit a request for a score confirmation in writing. The fee is $200. Information about the score confirmation service is available on edtpa.com.

If you have questions about a condition code assigned to one or more rubrics in your score profile, you should submit a request to Customer Support to determine if there is any additional information about the assignation of that condition code. Please refer to the Contact Us page for contact information.

What if I need to retake all or a portion of my assessment?

Candidates who do not meet their institution or state requirement may retake the assessment. Candidates who wish to retake edTPA must complete the registration process again. If a candidate wishes to retake a single task, a single-task retake is possible for $100. Otherwise, candidates may retake the complete assessment and pay the full $300 assessment fee. Refer to Retaking edTPA for more information.

How do I get information about why condition codes were assigned to my portfolio?

Please review the edTPA Submission Requirements PDF document carefully. You may also contact Pearson Customer Support to initiate a request for information.

How soon can I resubmit a retake?

You must wait to receive scores from your last submission before you are able to register for a retake of the same assessment. Please review the edTPA submission and reporting dates found on this website.