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edTPA in Virtual Learning Environment

Please download the FAQ document to see the answers to frequently asked questions.

Important information to use during your edTPA Registration Process

When registering for the edTPA, you will be asked if you are completing student teaching in an urban, suburban or rural area. In order for NEIU to receive consistent data about the placements, please refer to this Urban/Suburban/Rural chart.

Important Information for International Students

When registering for the edTPA, international students without a valid Social Security number (SSN) should not enter any number (including a temporary number assigned by the NYCDOE) and leave the SSN section blank. You will then receive a message that states "The SSN that you entered is not valid. If you do not have a valid SSN, please click here." In the next window you must acknowledge that you have no valid SSN. The system will then let you proceed with the registration process. Read more about the licensure process in Illinois.

What do I do when I receive my edTPA scores?

If you receive a passing score, congratulations! Your next step is to wait for your graduation -- if enrolled in a degree program -- and an email from ELIS with further directions on how to apply and register your entitlement. For more specific details review the NEIU Teacher Licensure and Entitlement process.

If you did not receive a passing score or received some code, you need to do the following:

  • Inform your University supervisor.
  • Send an email to coe-edtpa@neiu.edu with attention to the edTPA coaches. Ask for a meeting with them and with the department chair.
  • Send a copy of your scores to the edTPA coaches and your availability.
  • In the meeting with the edTPA coaches and department chair you will agree on an action plan that is aligned with the edTPA policy.
  • Read the edTPA policy as revised.

What I should do if I cannot submit by the deadline established by my program?

  • Inform your University supervisor immediately.
  • Send an email to coe-edtpa@neiu.edu with attention to the edTPA coaches. Ask for a meeting with them and with the department chair.
  • You might have to postpone graduation.

edTPA Reporting scores

Read more about this subject.

Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) upon edTPA registration

Beginning Jan. 30, 2018, teacher candidates in Illinois will be prompted to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) upon edTPA registration. The IEIN is a unique number assigned to each individual by the Illinois State Board of Education when his/her ELIS account is created. To access ELIS or to create an account, teacher candidates should visit the ELIS login page.

edTPA For Candidates

Candidates who are submitting their edTPA portfolio directly to Pearson should read tips and guides for submitting their portfolio for national scoring.

Making good choices

A resource for candidates completing edTPA, the "Making Good Choicesguides help candidates make good decisions as they develop artifacts and commentaries for their portfolio. By reading and reflecting on the questions and suggestions in "Making Good Choices," candidates develop a deeper understanding of edTPA and have many of their questions addressed. In the following link you will access additional resources that will help in the process of completing the portfolio.

School name and/or logo included in the video segments

After consulting with SCALE, they recommended that as long as the city and state are unknown, it is not necessary to hide school names or logo.

Technology guidance

For information about transferring your portfolio from Tk20 to ePearson (edTPA.com), please follow the Tk20 Guidelines.

Visit the Tk20 login page or click the Tk20 icon after logging in to NEIUport.

General suggestions:

  • Make sure you use digital recording equipment. Tape-based equipment will not work!
  • Use an external drive, thumb drive, CD, etc. to back up all files.
  • Do not store your original and backup in the same location.
  • The loss of documents and/or videotapes due to a failure to back up files will not waive the candidate from completing the assessment.
  • Make sure all backup files and original files are stored in a secure and confidential manner. Remember, edTPA assessment documents and videotapes are confidential.
  • Scrub all recording devices before returning them. Remember, the videos are all confidential and should be shared only with edTPA participants.
  • If you need specific support about your portfolio directly from Pearson please call them at (413) 256-2880 or (866) 565-4872. 

For cameras and equipment:
edTPA candidates, please go to the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) located on the third floor of the Ronald Williams Library. The Multimedia Learning Resource Center provides technical assistance and access to a variety of audiovisual equipment and digital editing media in support of class projects, research and University initiatives.

Recording tips

edTPA editing video tutorials:
These two video tutorials are examples of how to edit the clips you will include in your edTPA portfolio. There are more tutorials available on YouTube. In addition, you can visit the media center in the Library for additional support on how to edit your videos.

For Macs using Quicktime:

For Windows using Movie Maker:

Academic language resources: