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The edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) certification requirements focus on five key dimensions of teaching: planning, instruction, assessment, written commentary about teaching practice, and academic language. As a performance-based assessment, completion of the requirements are embedded in the student-teaching classroom experience (usually in the last semester of a candidate’s program).

The assessments include rigorous written commentary, video submission, and assessments as evidence of teaching skill, but more importantly of student learning.

Each credential (content) area has its own “Handbook” that includes details and guidance about meeting your specific certification requirements. You will have access to your credential area handbook through your edTPA Taskstream account.

About edTPA Support and Site Resources:

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New York State has initiated a number of safety nets for certifcation exams. The Lehman College Certification Office provides expertise in helping candidates understand his/her personal requirements. We STRONGLY encourage ALL CANDIDATES to visit the Certification Office EARLY in his/her program/coursework to understand the nuances of the regulatiions! Although the NYSED website offers details for candidates to explore independently, EACH student will need different guidance! Do not make any assumptions about the Safety Nets and the requirements until you meet with our School of Education Certification Officer.

Lehman College Certification Office

NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives: Certification Safety Net

Getting Started and Making Good Choices:

The "Getting Started" resources at are for use by candidates who plan to or are completing the edTPA. Making Good Choices provides considerations for candidates as they plan their learning segment, prepare to video record their teaching, and assess their students.

Making Good Choices