Undergraduate/Graduate Portfolio Project Guidelines


What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a tool that allows you to demonstrate growth and thinking skills through the display of work-over-time. It is a product that facilitates self-reflection, self-improvement, intrapersonal understanding, professional growth, interpersonal skills, as well as conceptual understandings and skill development.

A portfolio:
What is the rationale for creating a portfolio?
What are the School of Education’s purposes for having an individual create a portfolio?

Organization Tips

A hard copy portfolio must be presented after candidates successfully completed the course work of ELL Licensure Program. The hard copy may be very beneficial as a showcase portfolio in the application and interviewing process.

Table of contents

Place in a three ring binder
Use tabs to divide sections
Original documents should not be included in portfolio (photocopy)
Use protective cover sheets to protect artifacts

Assessment Tips

To evaluate your portfolio at each level, you should answer the following questions:
  1. Does the portfolio have visual appeal and is it reader friendly?
  2. Is the portfolio a realistic representation of your work?
  3. To what extent does the portfolio document growth, progress, and learning about teaching?
  4. To what extent does the portfolio show evidence of self- analysis, self- reflection, and self-evaluation?
  5. Are the artifacts selected consistent with your philosophy statement? Are appropriate artifacts documenting competence in the ELL Standards and UWP Knowledge, Skill and Disposition statements included in the portfolio?
  6. Does the portfolio overwhelm the reader with too much extraneous information?

You will develop your portfolio in three stages:
Level 1. Admission Portfolio
Level 2. Practicum Portfolio
Level 3. Licensure Portfolio

You will present your portfolio at each level and receive feedback. At each level, teams of two UWP School of Education faculty members will evaluate all portfolios. It is also your responsibility to respond to the feedback given concerning editing and revision. The completed and signed assessment instruments for each of the three levels of portfolio assessment must remain in the candidate's assessment section of the portfolio. It is the candidate's responsibility to be certain that the instruments remain a part of the portfolio as it proceeds throughout the stages of review to a final product presented as recommendation for licensure.