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edTPA Policies

Note: WCU is in the process of implementing edTPA. As we proceed and receive more feedback on our implementation, our commission regularly writes and revises policies to guide us. This page lists our current policies and is subject to change as needed.

edTPA Governance

The edTPA implementation at WCU is governed by the edTPA Commission, which was established by resolution of both the CEAP Leadership Council and the WCU Professional Education Council. Policies are set by that commission (in accordance with the resolution that created the commission).

Implementation Status

WCU has been approved by SCALE to use edTPA at the Implementation Level. This means our candidates are able to submit their portfolios to Pearson for national scoring.

Evaluation of Portfolios

All candidates pursuing an initial license must submit an edTPA portfolio and pass the evaluation. The initial or first submission of the portfolio must be to Pearson for national scoring. If the portfolio does not pass and must be revised, it must be resubmitted to Pearson. Candidates may elect to resubmit only some individual tasks or the entire portfolio.

Scoring Cost & Vouchers

As long as funding is able to be identified within the college, the college will purchase scoring vouchers for all candidates for their first edTPA scoring submission.

If a candidate must revise and resubmit all or part of their portfolio to Pearson for any reason, they must bear the cost themselves.

For more information on resubmission costs:

Submission Deadline

The edTPA commission will set the submission deadline for each semester. This may include setting multiple deadlines for separate groups of programs. Individual programs may set a due date earlier than the one set by the commission.

Candidates who submit an edTPA portfolio after the deadline risk delaying graduation.


Scoring Criteria

The passing scores for edTPA portfolios as set by the NC State Board of Education are:

  • For handbooks with 15 rubrics: 38
  • For handbooks with 13 rubrics: 32

For the Internship Grading Rubrics, the following applies:

  • Unsatisfactory: did not meet our cutscore after first or revised submissions
  • Proficient: Score meets or exceeds the cutscore as described above.
  • Accomplished: Score meets or exceeds 48 for 15 rubric handbooks on the first submission only. For handbooks with 13 rubric, the score must meet or exceed 42. Candidates who must revise and resubmit their portfolio are not eligible to achieve Accomplished.

Procedure for Revision

edTPA scores are reported directly to WCU the same day they are reported to candidates. Scores will be processed and sent to seminar leaders as soon as possible so they can be in contact with candidates who do not pass the cutscore.

Candidates who are unsuccessful with their initial edTPA portfolio submission will meet with a faculty member, typically the seminar leader or academic supervisor, to consult on whether all or part of the portfolio should be resubmitted and reevaluated in the current semester in an effort to meet minimum requirements.

If candidates do not achieve the WCU cutscore on their first Pearson submission, candiates may submit one revision for rescoring by Pearson in the same term as the original submission to Pearson. If the revisions do not meet proficiency, then the candidate will be rated "Unsatisfactory" on the edTPA component of the Internship Rubric. This will result in a grade in Internship no higher than a D for undergraduates and no higher than F for graduate candidates. Candidates who still wish to complete the program must repeat Internship and Seminar successfully, including implementing a new edTPA portfolio. In addition, the new edTPA portfolio will be subject to the edTPA policies and requirements for the term in which it is submitted.


If the edTPA score does not meet the cutscore after one retake/resubmission, the intern may appeal their grade on the basis of requesting an additional attempt to pass edTPA. To make this appeal, the intern must complete the edTPA appeals form (form for BK EESLPD students ONLY | form for all other programs) and submit it, along with all requested documentation, to the associate dean of the college. The edTPA commission will initially review appeals and make a recommendation to the associate dean. Two outcomes are possible from the appeal. First, the appeal could be denied, resulting in a grade in Intern II which will preclude degree conferral and recommendation for licensure. Students should consult with their advisor on how to proceed, including the option to retake Intern II. Second, the appeal may be granted and a grade of Incomplete entered, allowing the student a second revision/retake of edTPA. While each case is unique, minimum criteria for hearing an appeal include successful completion of all other components of Intern II, two failed submissions of the edTPA portfolio, and a score of 37 on edTPA OR condition codes that prevented a final score being given.

Program Review for Effective Candidate Preparation

Our commission recommends that academic programs incorporate these items throughout their curriculum before Intern II:

  • Teach Academic Language
  • Provide video training and recording practice
  • Adopt a Lesson Plan template that aligns with edTPA requirements

New faculty in teacher preparation should participate in a general training provided by the edTPA commission about edTPA.

Programs should group score one edTPA portfolio, including new faculty, to keep the requirements fresh in their minds.

Programs should add information on edTPA submission, resubmission, and resubmission costs to Intern I and II syllabi.

edTPA Implementation during Intern II/Student Teaching

Policy on Student Teaching Time and Teaching Task Requirements

See the Office of Field Experiences for our current policies for Internship.

Gaining and Posting Required Permissions

A permission form is provided to candidates for gaining permissions from parents / guardians for their children to participate in teacher candidates' edTPA activities including video / audio taping as well as for using those materials in Local Evaluation Training. Once obtained, signed copies must be posted to the designated place in Watermark by candidates before final submission of one's portfolio. Teacher candidates also indicate their consent by selecting, "By submitting this, you are affirming that you have permission to record video of all students that appear in your video."

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