Pre-Student Teaching Portfolio

Before you may student teach, you must prepare a portfolio for department review.  You will build this portfolio in your e-folder in the Teacher Certification share space.  In it you will place artifacts (samples of your work) and a commentary on how that work demonstrates your progress toward meeting the teacher education program standards.  A member of the education faculty will review your portfolio, offer feedback, and approve your continuation into student teaching.

Your Pre-Student Teaching Portfolio will address the following:

Standards Evidence
Content Knowledge Transcript (major courses & GPA), Subject Area Test (Praxis II or ACTFL scores)
Pedagogical Practice Lesson Plans, Assessments, Teaching Sample
Student Engagement Teaching Sample
Adaptive Expertise Lesson Plans, Coursework (EDUC 430, EDST 350, etc.)
Professional Conduct Practicum Evaluations, Teaching Sample
Educational Mission Coursework (EDST 440), Commentary

You will be given directions for the portfolio during the spring term of the year prior to student teaching.  All of the necessary documents and resources will be available to you on the Pre-ST Portfolio Moodle site.  You must place your portfolio in your e-folder before you leave campus at the end of spring term.

You must submit this portfolio before you will be allowed to begin student teaching.

Final Teaching Portfolio / edTPA

While student teaching, you will prepare a final portfolio demonstrating that you meet Lawrence’s 13 Teacher Education Program Standards.  This portfolio will consist largely of the edTPA, a teacher performance assessment you complete in the middle of student teaching.  It will also include your reflective essay, student teaching evaluations, and transcript and test scores (added by the department).  You will build this portfolio in your e-folder in the Teacher Certification share space.

The Final Teaching Portfolio includes the following:

  • edTPA - class profile, lesson plans and materials, teaching videos, student work samples, and commentaries on planning, instruction, and assessment
  • Student teaching essay - a reflective essay on your student teaching experience (required topics are in the student teaching syllabus)
  • Student teaching final evaluations - the final evaluations from your cooperating teacher and university supervisor

For the edTPA, you will choose a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class; gather lesson plans, materials, and student work samples; record your teaching; and submit these documents and video clips along with written commentaries on planning, instruction, and assessment.  Instructions and prompts for the commentaries can be found in the edTPA handbook for your subject area.  Directions and resources are provided in the student teaching seminar and on the edTPA Moodle site.

The edTPA is professionally scored for $300. The required score for Wisconsin licensure is 38 or higher; other states set their own passing scores (listed at edtpa.com). A candidate who does not achieve the passing score may retake a single task (planning, instruction, or assessment) for $100 or the full edTPA for $300. The full edTPA policy is described in the Teacher Certification Handbook.

Your Final Teaching Portfolio (including edTPA) must be placed in your Teacher Certification e-folder and officially approved by the certifying officer before you can be certified for licensure.  If your portfolio is not approved, you will be asked to revise and resubmit it.  Once your portfolio has been approved, you should check with the department for any remaining requirements (coursework, etc.) or steps (TB test, background check, license application) needed to obtain a teaching license.

If your Final Teaching Portfolio has not been approved by August 31, you will need to complete an additional 9 weeks of student teaching to be eligible for certification for licensure.

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