All candidates must maintain a portfolio during their program. The portfolio is designed to be a comprehensive record of your student experience and will demonstrate what you know and have learned about teaching, learning and education from the program. This portfolio is managed through an online application called LiveText. You can purchase it at the bookstore or from the company's web page, www.livetext.com. Once you have purchased it, you may read instructions for setting up your account here. See below for more resources.
LiveText has good technical assistance if you call 866-Live-Text (866-548-3839) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also good instruction manuals available from the Help tab at the top right of the LiveText home page. If you are on campus, LiveText help sessions are scheduled as needed with a graduate student; please contact the Main SoE&PS office to enquire.
To see what is required of the portfolio at TEP I and TEP II checkpoints, read: What Goes in My Portfolio?.
Keeping up the portfolio is your responsibility. Do not wait until just before your portfolio is reviewed to begin work on it. The best way to approach the portfolio is in increments, as you take courses:
As you take courses that cover content listed in the candidate proficiencies at the bottom of each standards page in the portfolio, enter the course number and title in the "Courses Taken" section of the page.|
As you do assignments for your courses, attach them to the "Artifacts" section of the standard(s) the assignment applies to (again, look in the candidate proficiencies section to see what applies).|
As you take courses that are strong on content related to one or two of the standards, begin drafting your statements.|
Before student teaching, you will need to send your portfolio for review to the TEP II interview committee members (call the School of Education secretary at 615-547-1313 to learn who those committee members are).
Examples of good student portfolios can be previewed by entering a visitor's pass code on LiveText's homepage (before you log in). You can copy and paste the following codes to view model portfolios.
Pass codes for Undergraduate candidate portfolios are: D2FAC3F0, 19E9CD87, 8F875BBE, and 37504CED.|
Pass codes for Masters candidate portfolios are: 0899F26B, FD247A73, A265C81B.|
To see how graduates have modified their portfolios to create a personalized resume, use this visitor's pass code: 9016BCE8.|