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College of Education - National Board Certification (NBC)

The National Board Certification

What is the National Board Certification?

The National Board Certification is a certification process that is based on high and rigorous standards. Participants evaluate their teaching practice through performance-based assessments. The ultimate goal is to advance the quality of teaching and learning.

Why Become National Board Certified?

Many refer to National Board Certification as the gold standard in teacher preparation.  There is a consensus among accomplished teachers and other experts in education about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in terms of student learning. The National Board Certifications (NBCs) overwhelmingly agree that reaching this high bar of excellence has been the most powerful professional development experience of their careers.

Has the program been researched?

In 2008, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences was commissioned by the United States Congress to study National Board Certification.  Their findings included that “advanced certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an effective way to identify highly skilled teachers. . . . Students taught by NBPTS certified teachers make greater gains on achievement tests than students taught by teachers who are not board certified.”

According to research conducted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro teachers who have achieved National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) significantly outperform their peers who are not Board Certified on 11 of 13 key dimensions of teaching expertise, according to a study released by the National Board.