The Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric is a tool for assessing and improving physics teacher education programs. It is intended for use as a self-study instrument and is best completed by the program team in consultation with key stakeholders. Once complete, the results can be used to support continuous program improvement.
If you are unfamiliar with the PTEPA Rubric, you might want to get started with these 10 questions to consider regarding the strength of physics teacher education at your institution.
If you are ready to assess your program, download the User’s Guide and the PTEPA Rubric in one of these formats:
- PTEPA Rubric User’s Guide
- PTEPA Rubric - PDF form
- PTEPA Rubric - Interactive Excel workbook with automatic visualization features
You may also find these supporting documents for the PTEPA Rubric useful:
- Rubric Snapshot: An overview of the PTEPA Rubric
- PTEPA Party: A one-page guide for collaborating with colleagues on completing the PTEPA Rubric
- Slides from a previous PTEPA Webinar
- PTEPA Rubric items with strong Teacher in Residence influence
About the Rubric
The PhysTEC project conducted a study of thriving physics teacher education programs, where “thriving” is defined as programs that frequently graduate five or more physics teachers per year. This study identified common practices and structures that contributed to their success and was used to develop the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric. The PTEPA Rubric provides a framework and guide for reflecting and improving upon physics teacher preparation programs.
Additional publications about the PTEPA Rubric:
- Development and validation of the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric (Scherr and Chasteen, 2018)
- Developing the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis rubric: Measuring features of thriving programs (Chasteen and Scherr, 2020)
- Initial findings of the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis rubric: What do thriving programs do? (Scherr and Chasteen, 2020)