The Teacher Education Program at TSU prepares competent and caring facilitators of learning, committed to diversity and the success of all. Ready2Teach (R2T), a clinically-rich, co-teaching residency model, helps TSU accomplish its teacher education mission. Enhanced by the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)—a performance-based approach to candidate evaluation—R2T prepares new teachers to be ready to teach from day one in the classroom.

Campus Contacts:

Heraldo Richards
Heraldo Richards, Ph.D.

Office: 112 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5620

What is Ready2Teach?

  • Requires a year-long co-teaching residency in the schools
  • Consists of Residency 1 (minimum 50% co-teaching) and Residency 2 (100 % co-teaching)
  • Establishes strong partnership with schools and school-based mentors
  • Utilizes problem-based learning (analysis of authentic cases)
  • Designed to improve P-12 student outcomes
  • Intended to help public schools meet their goals and address needs

What is the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA®)?

  • Measures candidate readiness to teach using a performance-based portfolio
  • Develop four written commentaries that demonstrate skills, knowledge, and use of research in subject-specific pedagogy
    • context for learning
    • planning for instruction and assessment
    • instructing and engaging students in learning
    • assessing student learning)
  • Design and produce assessments, instructional materials, lesson plans, and unedited video clips (not more than twenty minutes)
  • Submit all digital files and resources to the Pearson ePortfolio system.
  • Earn a passing edTPA score of 37 out of 75.
  • Learn more about edTPA,  click here .

How does R2T benefit partner schools?

  • Candidates as co-teachers provide assistance in the classroom
  • Mutual development of skills as mentor teachers and candidates engage in co-teaching
  • Candidates able to provide individual attention and tutoring to students
  • Opportunity for recruitment of highly qualified new teachers
  • Opportunities for professional development from university faculty
  • The TPA as part of R2T prepares candidates for the TEAM evaluation



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