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.
Please reference this page to see what state-specific flexibility has been provided for your program due to COVID-19.
We have been notified from ETS and Pearson that some testing centers are now open, but there may be limited availability in your area. As a result, some states have provided waivers or extensions to complete certification exams (see whether this applies to your state here). We encourage you to continue studying for your certification exams and check regularly for testing availability in your area. ETS has also begun offering At-Home testing for some Praxis exams (learn more here).
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.