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Guidance for Candidates Impacted by School Closures

With many educator preparation programs (EPPs) and P–12 school districts impacted by COVID-19, the following guidance is provided to programs and teacher candidates in need of options for successfully preparing and submitting an edTPA portfolio.

Pearson will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as events warrant.

Virtual Learning Environments

The edTPA program has a "Virtual Learning Environment" option available to candidates who prepare and provide instruction to students in virtual learning environments. This option is currently accessed through an alternative arrangements process. For more information and to download the request form, please review the information available on the Requesting Alternative Arrangements due to a Virtual Learning Environment page.

Candidates Have 170 Days to Submit

Upon edTPA account registration, teacher candidates have 170 days to prepare and submit a finalized portfolio, for both initial submissions and retakes. Programs may encourage candidates to submit their portfolio during a future submission window within the 170 days.

Candidates May Request an Extension

If necessary, teacher candidates impacted by COVID-19 may request an extension if they are unable to submit their finalized portfolio within the 170-day window. To request an extension to the 170-day window, teacher candidates may contact a Pearson Customer Support representative by phone at (413) 256-2889, or toll free at (866) 565-4872, or via the email communication form available on the program website. Pearson will extend the registration at no additional cost to teacher candidates impacted by COVID-19.

Two Submission Windows Added to the 2019–2020 Submission and Reporting Schedule

Two additional submission windows have been added to the 2019–2020 submission and reporting schedule to support candidates impacted by school closures due to COVID-19.

  • Submit by June 18, 2020, to receive scores on July 9, 2020
  • Submit by August 20, 2020, to receive scores on September 10, 2020

Candidates should utilize the current edTPA handbooks available in their portfolio platforms for the remaining submission windows in the 2019–2020 submission and reporting schedule.

The 2020–2021 edTPA submission and reporting schedule is also available. The schedule provides the submission windows with score reporting dates after September 10, 2020.

edTPA Coordinators and program faculty members who need additional information, or have questions regarding this topic, may contact edTPA EPP Support at edtpaeppsupport@pearson.com, or by telephone at (866) 613-3278.