What is national board certification?
• A voluntary, advanced teaching credential that
goes beyond state licensure.
• National standards for what accomplished
teachers should know and be able to do.
Creation of National Board
• The National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards (NBPTS) was created in 1987.
• It is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, non-
• 2006- Nearly 7,800 teachers received their national
board certification which brought the total number to
55,000 in the nation with this certification.
5 Core Propositions
• These propositions form the knowledge, skills,
dispositions, and beliefs that characterize
National Board Certified Teachers.
• These propositions set forth the vision for
Proposition 1-Teachers are
committed to students and learning.
• Make knowledge accessible to all.
• Treats students equally.
• Understand how students develop and learn.
• Respect diversity.
• Concerned with student’s self-concept.
• Concerned with the student’s development of
character and civic responsibility.
Proposition 2-Teachers know the
subjects they teach and how to teach
those subjects to students.
• NBCT’s have mastery over the subject(s) they teach.
They have a deep understanding of the history,
structure, and real-world applications of the subject.
• They have skill and experience in teaching it, and they
are very familiar with the skills gaps and preconceptions
students may bring to the subject.
• They are able to use diverse instructional strategies to
teach for understanding.
Proposition 3- Teachers are
responsible for managing and
monitoring student learning.
• NBCTs deliver effective instruction. They move
fluently through a range of instructional techniques,
keeping students motivated, engaged, and focused.
• They know how to engage students to ensure a
disciplined learning environment, and how to organize
instruction to meet instructional goals.
• NBCTs know how to assess the progress of individual
students as well as the class as a whole.
• They use multiple methods for measuring student
growth and understanding, and they can clearly explain
student performance to parents.
Proposition 4- Teachers think
systematically about their practice
and learn from experience.
• NBCTs model what it means to be an educated person-
they read, they question, they create, and they are
willing to try new things.
• They are familiar with learning theories and
instructional strategies and stay abreast of current issues
in American education.
• They critically examine their practice on a regular basis
to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills,
and incorporate new findings into their practice.
Proposition 5- Teachers are members
of learning communities
• NBCT’s collaborate with others to improve student
• They are leaders and actively know how to seek and
build partnerships with community groups and
• They work with other professionals on instructional
policy, curriculum development, and staff development.
• They can evaluate school progress and the allocation of
resources in order to meet state and local education
• They know how to work collaboratively with parents to
engage them productively in the work of the school.
Benefits of National Board
• Meets most states definition of a highly qualified
teacher as set forth by NCLB
• Strengthens teaching practice
• Improves students’ learning according to a vast
majority or research
• Advances teaching career
• Increases financial opportunities in many states and
• Provides a portable teaching license in most states
• Contributes to CEU/re-certification requirements in
• NBPTS currently offers 24 certificates in a variety of
areas. They cover 15 subject areas and there are 7
different student age categories.
• They have also identified several different factors to
help you decide which is the best choice for your
Eligibility and Policies/Ethics
• Eligibility- You must meet the following criteria before applying :
1. Hold a bachelor’s degree 2. Have completed 3 years of
teaching/counseling and 3. Hold a valid state
teaching/counseling license for that period of time, or, if you
teach where a license is not required, have taught in schools
recognized and approved to operate by the state. There is a
complete packet that outlines all these qualifications. Attaining
this certification can take up to 3 years.
• You have to submit in writing that you satisfy all requirements.
• NBPTS ensures that all applicants are screened fairly.
• Once you have completed the application process and
are admitted to the program, there are different areas
that are used to assess your progress.
• The first assessment you are required to submit is 4
portfolio entries. 3 of the 4 are classroom based and
can be submitted as video recordings and examples of
student work. The 4th is based on your
accomplishments outside of the classroom (ex.
Families, communities, and/or colleagues)
• The other assessment process is assessment
center exercises. These are used to gauge your
knowledge in response to six exercises
developed for your chosen certificate area.
• You have 30 minutes to complete each exercise.
These exercises are administered at over 300
different computer-based testing sites across the
• The next part is the scoring of your work.
• The evaluation process follows guidelines set
forth by NBPTS. Once you have submitted
your portfolios and assessments, the work will
be scored by a minimum of 12 teachers who
have completed this training and are qualified to
score these assessments.
Fees and Financial Support
• There is a nonrefundable $65 dollar charge when you
submit your application.
• You must then submit a nonrefundable $500 dollar fee
which officially starts your candidacy. This fee is
applied to the $2,500 assessment fee.
• Once NBPTS receives the application and candidacy
fee ($565 dollars) you will receive a verification packet
and portfolio materials.
• There are different methods of payment and links to
different sites concerning financial assistance and
National Board Certification
• Alabama- With assistance from a federal grant, Alabama is able
to offer some assistance with the cost of pursuing this certificate.
• This funding is for first time candidates. One deadline has
passed- the state funding. This funding required the teacher to
commit to teach in Alabama public schools for 5 years. Failure
to do so required the person to pay back the money.
• The federal funding will pay part of the fees for up to 100
candidates. Alabama has a a screening and selection panel to
chose the applicants. The deadline for this is September 17,
• In Alabama, once a teacher receives this certification he/she is
given a $5,000 salary supplement. Alabama will also use this
certification for license reciprocity and certificate renewal.
Other States and NBC
• Georgia had similar legislation concerning payment for
pursuing this certificate. The state was reimbursing
teachers (minus the $565 non-refundable fee) if they
successfully obtained the certification and were teaching
in a school that was designated as “Needs
Improvement”. Re-takes were not eligible for the
refund. The teacher must also remain in a Georgia
school for one year after scores are announced.
• Once successfully completed, the teacher will receive a
10% salary supplement.
Other States and NBC
• Tennessee is offering something similar to
Alabama. While the state is not offering any
monetary help, they are also receiving the same
educational grant that will pay 50% of the fees
(minus the $565) as long as the funding lasts.
Applications are reviewed and candidates are
selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The
deadline is October 31, 2007.
Other States and NBC
• In Mississippi, teachers are reimbursed the $2000 regardless if
they actually achieve the certification. If the teacher does achieve
the certification, he/she is given a $6,000 annual salary
supplement for the 10 years the that the certificate is valid.
• In this state, they also receive some federal money for up to 25
• Candidates are selected from 5 lottery pools (one for each of the
state’s four congressional districts).
• There are also various banks that offer interest free loans to
• The deadline to apply is November 30, 2007.
• Information for other states can be found at www.nbpts.org
• According to the website for NBPTS, there are
numerous studies showing the effectiveness of
National Board Certification.
• List the five core propositions that form the
basis for the National Board Certification.