edTPA (Educative Teacher Performance Assessment)

The Educative Teacher Performance Assessment is a preservice performance-based assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question:  "Is a new teacher ready for the job?"  Student teachers must complete an edTPA in their licensure area during student teaching.  The assessment is designed with a focus on student learning and principles from research and theory.  Successful teachers:

  • develop knowledge of subject matter, content standards, and subject-specific pedagogy;
  • develop and apply knowledge of varied students' needs;
  • consider research and theory about the way students learn; and
  • reflect on and analyze evidence of the effects of instruction on student learning

edTPA is a national assessment scored by trained national evaluators.  

OAE (Ohio Assessments for Educators Tests)

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) is the State of Ohio's required examination system for initial licensure.  In September 2013, the OAE replaced the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessment, except for world languages, which will continue to utilize the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT).  Candidates are responsible for registering for all exams required in their selected licensure area.

The Ohio Assessments for Educators assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.  Ohio licensure candidates are required to successfully complete one assessment of professional (pedagogical) knowledge and one specialty area exam for their first license.  The addition of other licensure areas or endorsements will require only successful completion of the associated content-area assessment.

The list of required exams in each licensure area is available below; please check the provided link to ensure the information for your licensure area is up to date.  All required tests must be passed and an original score report sent to the Ohio Department of Education before the Licensure Officer can approve the candidate's licensure application.

OAE Assessment Tables

Registration Information

Information about state testing requirements, test centers, and state/agency codes are available online at www.oh.nesinc.com. This site will provide candidates with the most accurate and current information.  Test takers should follow these important notes on registration:

  • Follow the instructions carefully for registration.
  • Candidates must have their test scores sent to the Ohio Department of Education and to Ohio Wesleyan University.  In all cases, we must receive scores. 
  • Remember to register for the appropriate APK and Specialty Area Test(s).


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Chair: Sarah Kaka
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Academic Assistant: Kandi Akers