Preparing for the CalTPA

The Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE's) comprise of the body of knowledge, skills and abilities that beginning general education teachers have the opportunity to learn in different approved teacher preparation programs in California. Teachers who are just now beginning will have to demonstrate their knowledge of the TPE's by successfully completing course work, engaging in clinical practice, and passing a Teaching Performance Assessment based on the TPE's. Before a teacher is recommended for a preliminary teaching credential in California they must meet all of the Teaching Performance Expectations.


Nathan, a preliminary teaching credential candidate, submitting his CalTPA submission, discusses and shares his organizational plan step-by-step through each instructional cycle.

Unlocking the CalTPA

Follow Nathan, who is a Term 3 student investigating the expectations of both Cycle One and Cycle Two of the CalTPA. Each step is illustrated with video and includes both the summarized text and faculty/candidate conversation.

TPE of the Week

Teachers are surrounded by the TPEs every day. Sometimes it is hard to recognize effective instructional strategies if the labels aren't familiar. The TPE of the week project is designed to deliver daily ideas to mentors and teacher candidates to increase the conversation about why teaching and learning happens.