Among the many uncertainties that COVID-19 brings to our work, you may be wondering how your teacher certification will be impacted. There are several variables at play depending on your state’s program requirements - certification testing, clinical experience hours, observations, edTPA, employment, enrollment, etc. - and we are advising all students to follow any guidance provided by their campus in regards to completing certification exams, edTPA, observations, and/or clinical experience.
If you have not yet heard an update from your campus OR your state is not planning to provide extensions or waivers for certification requirements, we encourage you to continue studying for your certification exams and/or working on your edTPA (if applicable). Rest assured that we will do whatever we can to support you in obtaining (or maintaining) your provisional- or initial-level certification.
We have been notified from ETS and Pearson that their testing centers will be closed until April 16th. If you have questions about how to cancel or reschedule a certification exam due to test center closures or personal circumstances, please see our ETS and/or Pearson Support Center articles.
As of March 19th, many schools across the country that employ Relay students are closed. While schools may reopen, we recognize that many may decide to remain closed until the end of the academic year, which could impact your edTPA submission. If you have questions about the edTPA amid COVID-19, see this Support Center article on our recommended next steps. If your school plans to move to online instruction, you may be eligible to request alternative video evidence for your edTPA portfolio. We recommend that you connect with your edTPA faculty advisor to determine whether this may be an appropriate option for you if you will be teaching in a virtual setting.
If observations are required for your certification, know that we are reaching out to state agencies to see whether states are willing to waive these in the instance of school closures for the remainder of the academic year or if video observations could suffice. Again, we will continue to keep you updated with this information as we receive it.
We appreciate your patience and resilience during these unprecedented times. We encourage you to reach out to your advisor or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to your certification.