All University of Iowa student teachers who are completing preparation for initial licensure as teachers are required to complete edTPA, a performance-based assessment, as one of the requirements for completion of the Teacher Education Program.

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Minimum Scores - edTPA Subject Assessments

Subject Content Endorsement Area edTPA Handbook Minimum Score
Elementary Education TEP K-6 Elementary Literacy 39
School Teacher Librarian K-12 Library Media Specialist 39
Art Education TEP K-12 Visual Art 39
English Education TEP 5-12 Secondary English Language Arts 39
Foreign Language Education TEP-5-12 (or K-12)
(Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish)
World Language 31
Mathematics Education TEP-5-12 Secondary Mathematics 39
Music Education TEP K-12 Performing Arts 39
Science Education TEP 5-12
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and/or All Science)
Secondary Science 39
Social Studies Education TEP 5-12
(American Government, American History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and/or World History)
Secondary History Social Studies 39
Special Education Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD K-12 Special Education 39

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Test Required

Iowa law [Iowa Code 256.16 1.a.(2)] requires teacher preparation colleges and universities to adopt a state-approved assessment that teacher candidates must pass, as a requirement for completion of teacher preparation. The University of Iowa Teacher Education Program (TEP) has selected edTPA as this assessment, and since the Spring, 2018 semester has required completion of edTPA for all student teachers who are completing the TEP for initial licensure as teachers. The Iowa Department of Education provides additional information about the program completion assessment requirement.

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Last updated; 07/01/2019