Cumberland University


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 your teacher education 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, Once you have purchased it, you may read instructions for setting up your account here. See below for more resources.

"I was so freaked out about it in the beginning, but I have tons of stuff on there now. Livetext made creating a teacher portfolio for interviews sooooooooo easy. All I had to do was click and print my items to add. I completed a nice, organized, concrete representation of my studies and student teaching within 3 days. It normally takes weeks to prepare it!"

- Rebecca Hoggatt, Spring 2012 graduate

LiveText has good technical assistance if you call 866-Live-Text (866-548-3839) or e-mail There are also good instruction manuals available from the Help tab at the top right of the LiveText home page. 


The portfolio is mapped to the ten standards set by the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) as being the body of knowledge, set of skills, and acceptable dispositions for new teachers.

Candidates will write a "statement of belief" for each of the ten standards as they progress through the program, and will also attach artifacts in each standard demonstrating competency in the standard.

Candidates will have ten belief statements of belief with artifacts completed by the end of the student teaching semester. Candidates' portfolios will demonstrate a comprehensive teaching philosophy, with evidence from candidate course work and experiences. 

Each statement of belief is a graded component in particular courses required of every teacher education candidate. The statements are assessed in the following courses: 

Standards are assessed in the following courses:

UG course

Portfolio Standard

Graduate course

ED 322

Standard 1 - Learner Development

MAE 5050

ED 330

Standard 2 - Learning Differences

MAE 5080

ED 432

Standard 3 - Learning Environments

MAE 5070

ED 190/1

Standard 4 - Content Knowledge

MAE 5180

ED 433

Standard 5 - Application of Content

MAE 5200/5222

ED 317

Standard 6 - Assessment

MAE 5400

ED 301

Standard 7 - Planning for Instruction

MAE 5200/5222

ED 301

Standard 8 - Instructional Strategies

Student Teaching

ED 201 

Standard 9 - Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

MAE 5180

Student Teaching

Standard 10 - Leadership and Collaboration

Student Teaching


When completing the standard in each course, candidates' statement and artifacts for that standard will be assessed by professors. To submit, candidates will  the portfolio to their professors. 


At the TEP I and TEP II interview points, candidates will share their portfolios () with the TEP interview committee members (call the School of Education & Public Service secretary at 615.547.1313 to learn who those committee members are). Committee members will read portfolios prior to interviews and questions in the interview will be based on statements of belief and portfolios.

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 (click here for instructions). Bear in mind that these portfolios reflect the previous set of InTASC standards and will look different than new InTASC standards.
  • Pass codes for Undergraduate candidate portfolios are: A11E8B66, D2FAC3F0, 19E9CD87, 8F875BBE, and 37504CED.
  • Pass codes for Master’s 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.

LiveText Training: Student Portfolios

For instructions on how to open the portfolio, click here.

LiveText Help: How to Add an Attachment

Artifacts are course work, papers, or other materials that demonstrate your knowledge about any of the Standards in the LiveText portfolio. It is very important to include your best quality work. Be sure to carefully place artifacts under Standards to which the work applies only (though an artifact can be placed under more than one standard). To learn how to attach artifacts to the portfolio, watch the clip.

How to open and edit a document sent by an instructor.