The California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) is a state-mandated assessment for Multiple and Single Subject Credential Program candidates who were admitted to their program on or after July 1, 2008 and all Education Specialist Credential candidates who were admitted for Fall 2022 or after.
CSU Long Beach uses the state-developed California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) in its Education Specialist, Multiple and Single Subject programs. This assessment of teaching performance is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to California's Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), including demonstrating their ability to appropriately instruct all K-12 students in the state Academic Content Standards.
The CalTPA is administered by Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. Registration for the CalTPA Cycles and submission of the CalTPA cycles is done through the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website. Candidates can find the submission and reporting dates and further information on the CalTPA at this website.
Candidates in the Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP) receive support for the completion of the CalTPA Cycles through the EDSP 589 CalTPA Seminar Course. All ESCP student teachers are required to enroll in EDSP 589 during the semester in which they are student teaching. Through this course, ESCP students will receive instruction and support in completing the CalTPA cycles and it is expected that candidates will register for and submit both cycles of the CalTPA while enrolled in this course.
Education Specialist student teachers will receive access to the assessment materials from their EDSP 589 course instructor.
Candidates in the Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP) receive support for the completion of the CalTPA Cycles during their student teaching seminars with their University Supervisor as well as through workshops provided by the MSCP Coordinator throughout the semester.
Multiple Subject student teacher candidates will receive access to the assessment materials and other supporting documents during the Student Teaching Bootcamp prior to the student teaching semester beginning.
Candidates in the Single Subject Credential Program (SSCP) receive support for the completion of the CalTPA Cycles through their Student Teaching Seminar Course, EDSS 473. Through this course, SSCP students will receive instruction and support in completing the CalTPA cycles and it is expected that candidates will register for and submit both cycles of the CalTPA while enrolled in this course. The Single Subject Credential Program also offers workshops each semester for candidates currently enrolled in student teaching as well as workshops for students that have already completed the program and are still working to pass the CalTPA cycles.
Single Subject student teachers will receive access to the assessment materials from their EDSS 473 course instructor.
Candidates that attempt and do not pass one or more of the CalTPA cycles may reach out to their program for support and assistance in resubmitting their CalTPA cycle(s) with the following guidelines:
- Candidates that student teaching in a Fall semester must reach out no later than January 31 immediately following completion of their student teaching semester.
- Candidates that student teach in a Spring semester must reach out for support no later than June 30 immediately following completion of their student teaching semester.
- Candidates that submit and do not pass one or more cycles will be provided with a 1-hour, one-on-one meeting with the program CalTPA Faculty Coach. Only candidates that attempt the CalTPA and do not pass will be provided with a one-on-one session.
- Each semester the program will offer two alumni workshops (one for cycle 1 and one for cycle 2) that will be open to all CSULB alumni that completed the program have not yet passed the CalTPA.
- Candidates that were recommended for their preliminary credential with the CalTPA deferral during COVID are also encouraged to reach out to their district induction programs for support in completing the CalTPA if they are employed.
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing offers weekly CalTPA Candidate Office Hours via Zoom where candidates may ask questions directly from the CTC. Office hours are held each Wednesday from 4:15-5:00pm. Zoom Link
California Educator Credential Assessments website - This is where you can find all the information related to the CalTPA including how much it costs, how to register as well as policies and some preparation materials to help in completing the assessment.
Performance Assessment Overview, Program Guide, Glossary and Checklist
Assessment Guides and specific templates will be provided by your program at the beginning of the student teaching semester.
Video Consent Forms - For students to legally appear on camera, they must have a release on file with the school. Check with your school or district to verify that appropriate permissions are on file from the parents/guardians/families of students and from adults who appear in any video recording, including video captured in an online setting.
If the appropriate permissions are not on file with your school or district, you may use/adapt the sample consent forms provided for your reference on the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website.