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.
One assessment teachers must complete is the CalTPA. The CalTPA consists of two instructional cycles 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 submit CalTPA materials on or before the provided due dates and receive their scores in approximately three weeks. Candidates must successfully complete and pass both CalTPA cycles in order to be recommended into the teacher induction process to receive a preliminary California teaching credential. Support is provided to support candidates with CalTPA completion via one unit course - EDUC 593.
The CalTPA instructional cycles (Cycle 1 for the fall semester and Cycle 2 for the spring semester) are based on the pedagogical sequence of plan, teach and assess, reflect, and apply:
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available on the CalTPA.
You can find the materials required to complete the CalTPA (Assessment Guides, templates, etc.). They are posted on the CTC CalTPA website here. Once you register for the CalTPA, you will have access to all materials.
Your first step will be to reach out to Suzi Van Steenbergen. Send her an e-mail with your name and other pertinent information about your situation (when you completed the program, where you are in the process of completing your requirements, etc.). Suzi will get back to you in a timely manner about your next steps.