TPA Prep Courses

Overview

The CalTPA prep courses prepare aspiring teachers to take both Cycles 1 and 2 of the California Teacher Performance Assessment. Courses are 6- 7 weeks long and are conducted fully online. Participants will receive 3 units of contract extension credit for each course.

Note: This course is meant for individuals who are able to register and take the Multiple Subject or Single Subject CalTPA. It is not meant for individuals who are seeking to earn a credential in Special Education or for those who are taking the Administrative Performance Assessment (APA). Also – In order to take the CalTPA you must meet the following requirements:

  • Teach in a TK-12 classroom setting where you have access to students in an in-person or synchronous virtual setting.
  • Be able to video record a lesson (or set of lessons) that can be submitted to Pearson for scoring.
  • The recording can take place in an in-person classroom setting, or in a synchronous virtual class session.
  • The recording(s) must also include the teacher and at least three students – who all must be seen and heard.
  • For cycle 2 specifically – samples of student work must be collected and submitted
  • Be prepared to register and pay for the CalTPA through Pearson. The cost of cycle 1 is $150, and the Cost of Cycle 2 is $150. Information that explains the registration process through Pearson can be found HERE (scroll to the bottom to register).

If individuals are not able to meet the above requirements, they will not be able to submit the CalTPA to Pearson for scoring - therefore you should not register for this course. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Soodjidna at dsoodjinda@csustan.edu

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Course Descriptions

EDUC 6790: Asset Based Lesson Planning – Preparing for the CalTPA Cycle 1 (3 extension units)

In this course – current teachers, interns, and student teachers who are working through CalTPA Cycle 1 will advance their knowledge about lesson planning. Specific areas of focus include: learning about student strengths and learning needs, asset-based lesson development, and support strategies that will further the academic development of English learners, students with special needs, and students who have other challenging life experiences. The course will unpack these topics with a detailed walk through of all elements in CalTPA cycle 1, and prepare candidates to submit their cycle for scoring.

EDUC 6791: Planning for assessments – Preparing for the CalTPA – Cycle 2 (3 extension units)

In this course – current teachers, interns, and student teachers who are working through CalTPA Cycle 2 will advance their knowledge about assessment driven instruction.  Specific areas of focus include: Informal, student-self, and formal assessment planning, rubric development, the development of higher order thinking skills, and the integration of instructional technology. The course will unpack these topics with a detailed walk through of all elements in CalTPA cycle 2 and prepare candidates to submit their cycle for scoring.

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Registration Information

Spring 2021

EDUC 6790: Asset Based Lesson Planning – Preparing for the CalTPA Cycle 1
Dates: March 27, 2021- May 8, 2021
Classes meet virtually on Saturdays from 8:30-10:00 am.
Course Cost: $500
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Drops & Refunds
In order to drop please fill out a drop form and submit it to the Extended Education office.
Through April 3rd – 100% refund
April 4th – April 24th – 65% refund
*No drops or refunds after April 24th

Fall 2021

EDUC 6791: Planning for assessments – Preparing for the CalTPA – Cycle 2
Dates: September 18, 2021- November 6, 2021
Course Cost: $500
Registration will open on July 1, 2021

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About the Instructor

Dr. Daniel Soodjinda

Dr. Daniel Soodjinda is currently the CalTPA faculty coordinator at CSU Stanislaus where he is also an associate professor of Liberal Studies and Teacher Education. He has over 15 years of experience with the CalTPA and has facilitated CalTPA support workshops for teacher candidates, teacher education faculty, university supervisors, and mentor teachers across the state. He also conducts research related to the CalTPA and has and presented his findings at a number of nationwide conferences.