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edTPA Safety Net for Candidates Who Are Enrolled in a New York State Registered Educator Preparation Program During the COVID-19 Crisis in the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 Terms

Candidates who meet the following requirements can take Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) in lieu of the edTPA through September 1, 2023. They would take the ATS-W appropriate for the certificate title sought (Elementary or Secondary). Candidates seeking an "All Grades" certificate could take either the Elementary or Secondary ATS-W.

Eligibility Requirements for the Safety Net

Candidates can take and pass the ATS-W in lieu of the edTPA if they:
  • are enrolled in a New York State registered educator preparation program (EPP)1 during the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 terms, including traditional, Transitional B, and Transitional C programs;
  • completed a student teaching or similar clinical experience through traditional and/or alternative models during one or both of these terms; and
  • are on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) verifying that the candidates could not complete their edTPA submission as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

List Submitted by the New York State Registered EPP Dean or Dean's Designee

Candidates who are on a list will need to create a TEACH account. They should use their personal email address rather than their institution email address when creating their account. Upon receipt of the information, OTI will make a note in the candidates’ TEACH account that they are eligible to take and pass either the ATS-W or edTPA.

Candidates would contact their New York State registered educator preparation program (EPP), rather than OTI, to find out if they are or will be on a list submitted by the EPP dean or dean’s designee. OTI will only accept lists from New York State registered EPPs, and will only add candidates to a list at the request of the EPP dean or dean's designee.

Clincial Experiences

Clinical experiences within registered programs that are similar to student teaching include internships, residencies, Transitional B and C in-service components, and literacy and school library practica.

Additional Information

Candidates who are eligible for the edTPA safety net and still choose to take the edTPA, but do not pass it, could take and pass the ATS-W, or pursue the edTPA Multiple Measures Review Process (MMRP), if they qualify.

For candidates who meet the edTPA safety net eligibility requirements, and already took and passed the ATS-W in the past, the passing ATS-W score would be acceptable in lieu of the edTPA passing score.



1 New York State (NYS) registered educator preparation programs are approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to lead directly to NYS educator certification. They are listed on the Inventory of Registered Programs. NYSED does not approve out-of-state educator preparation programs.

Last Updated: May 10, 2020