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Teaching Performance Expectations

As of July 2008, California statute (Chap. 517, Stats. 2006) requires all candidates for a preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential to pass an assessment of their teaching performance with K-12 public school students as part of the requirements for earning a teaching credential. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and ability with relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating his/her ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the Student Academic Content Standards.

Students are expected to meet the teaching performance expectations required by the California Teaching Performance Expectations (total of 13) and the additional teaching performance expectations by the CSUSM School of Education. 

TPEs in Brief

CalTPA  (Teacher Performance Assessment)

In California, all teacher candidates must complete a Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in order to earn a preliminary credential. Currently, due to the impact of COVID-19, executive order N-66-20 is in place for the 2020-2021 academic year. This executive order provides flexibility regarding the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA). Teacher candidates impacted by COVID-19 are permitted the postponement of the requirement to pass the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) in order to earn a Preliminary credential and instead makes this requirement applicable to earning a Clear credential. New teachers will have five years (the period of validity of a Preliminary credential) to pass the TPA.

The TPAs require candidates to complete defined tasks relating to subject-specific pedagogy, designing and implementing instruction and student assessment, and culminating teaching experiences or events. At Cal State San Marcos, teacher candidates complete the CalTPA, which consists of two instructional cycles (submissions) completed over the course of a credential program. CalTPA cycles are scored by trained assessors who are experts in the content for their assigned assessments. Candidates will submit CalTPA materials on or before the due dates set by the School of Education, and will receive their scores about three weeks later. Candidates must successfully complete and pass both CalTPA cycles in order to be recommended to receive a preliminary California teaching credential.

CalTPA Preparation Materials and Frequently Asked Questions

Reading Instruction Competence Assessment® (RICA®)

RICA information from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

"The purpose of the RICA is to ensure that California-trained candidates for Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials and Education Specialist Instruction Credentials (special education) possess the knowledge and skills important for the provision of effective reading instruction to students."

RICA Preparation Materials Password: RICA

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).