College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax


Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

EdTPA - Teacher Performance Assessment

What is it?
EdTPA is a nationally available performance assessment of readiness to teach. The portfolio assessment is designed with a focus on student learning and principles from research and theory. As a performance-based assessment, edTPA is designed to engage teacher candidates in demonstrating their understanding of teaching and student learning in authentic ways. Candidates will be required to complete tasks and commentaries within a portfolio relevant to their program as evidence of planned and implemented instruction.

When did the new requirements go into effect?
Candidates who apply for their first Initial Certificate on or after May 1, 2014 will responsible for completing the edTPA as well as the other new NYSTCE tests. 

Click HERE for more information on all the new exams involved and which tests they will replace.

Where can I gain more information?
For access to the edTPA handbooks, templates, Making Good Choices documents, references on academic language, and additional support documents regarding the edTPA assessment, visit the Fredonia edTPA Google Site. (Note: You must be logged in to your Fredonia e-services account. If you cannot access this, it means you have not signed the required non-disclosure agreement. Click here to sign the agreement. Allow at least 2 days to update the system to allow you access to the Fredonia edTPA Google Site).

To learn more about the edTPA in New York State, register for the assessment, or access your scores - please visit the edTPA website. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Services.

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edTPA Retake Guidelines

EdTPA has created guidelines for re-take decision making and support. Click on this link to access

them:  Instructions for edTPA retakes.


edTPA "Safety Net"

An Initial Certification candidate seeking to meet requirements for Initial Certification on or after 5/1/2014 and prior to 6/30/16 will STILL be required to take the edTPA.

  • If a candidate fails the edTPA, he/she may choose to complete a retake of the edTPA or take the
    ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written), after receiving the FAILING NUMERIC SCORE on the edTPA.
  • The candidate must receive a passing score on the edTPA retake or the ATS-W in order to be issued an Initial Certificate.
  • On or after June 30, 2016 all Initial Certification candidates will be required to take and pass the edTPA in order to receive Initial Certification.

Please note that the “safety net” is an option, not a required course of action. A student who fails the edTPA may also elect to submit an edTPA retake.

Safety Nets for other NYS Teacher Certification Exams are also available.  Click here or see the NYSED.gov website for more information


Test Voucher Code for taking the ATS-W after failing the edTPA

The Department has a limited number of vouchers, that will enable a candidate, who received a failing numeric score on the edTPA, to register for the ATS-W at no charge.

To apply for an ATS-W voucher, you must send an email to edtpaatsw@nysed.govwith the following:

  • Your name as it appears on your TEACH account,
  • The last five digits of your Social Security Number,
  • Your date of birth, and
  • Your current email address with a short statement requesting an exam voucher.


EdTPA Central is a useful resource for all edTPA News and Updates.  Features of this site include information on the new edTPA Safety Net regulations, passing scores in New York and how to interpret your edTPA Score Profile, and other Press Release updates.

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