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National Board Certified Teachers

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Explore the Possibility of Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher

What is National Board Certification?

The National Board has advanced the teaching profession by establishing and maintaining the definitive standards of excellence in teaching and certifying more than 112,000 educators against those standards.

Because National Board Certification is seen as the “gold standard” of the teaching profession, many districts offer salary increases or other resources to National Board Certified teachers. Contact your local president or building representative to see what your contract offers.

To qualify for National Board Certification, you must have a bachelor’s degree, completed three years of successful teaching, and a valid state teaching license.

Grounded in the National Board’s Five Core Propositions that describe what teachers should know and be able to do, the certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practice.

In all 25 certificate areas, candidates are required to complete four components:

  1. Content Knowledge;
  2. Differentiation in Instruction;
  3. Teaching Practice and Learning Environment;
  4. Effective and Reflective Practitioner.

An assessment overview containing additional details is found at www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/about-certification.

Proven Impacts

Through National Board Certification, teachers demonstrate that their teaching meets the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, peer-reviewed and performance-based process, similar to professional certification in fields such as medicine. In achieving Board certification, teachers prove their ability to advance student learning and achievement.

Estimates of the increase in learning are on the order of an additional one to two months of instruction. The positive impact of having a Board-certified teacher (NBCT) is even greater for minority and low-income students. This improvement in student outcomes is mirrored by NBCTs achieving stronger results on leading measures of teacher effectiveness, including robust classroom observations and value-added scores. The compelling research on the effectiveness of Board-certified teachers is particularly noteworthy when compared to the lack of consistent research on the effectiveness of teachers with master’s degrees.

Learn more by visiting boardcertifiedteachers.org.

Top 5 Reasons to Become Nationally Board Certified

  1. Leadership opportunities
    National Board Certified teachers are recognized as leaders in the field of education.
  2. Pay increase and resources
    Many districts offer salary increases or other resources to National Board Certified teachers. Contact your local president or building representative to see what your contract offers.
  3. Improved professional practice
    One Oregon National Board Certified teacher described it as the "best professional learning" of their career.
  4. Flexibility
    You can take up to three years to complete your certification, giving you more flexibility than ever before.
  5. Relationship building
    National Board Certified teachers support and grow quality professional practice wherever they gather. Join this passionate and energetic family!

Interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher?

The Oregon Education Association offers several ways to help teachers become National Board Certified. The first step is helping you decide if National Board Certification is right for you at this time. Read about our work helping OEA members achieve this professional milestone

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Every Fall, OEA also offers Jump Start Seminars, led by Oregon NBCTs, to assist OEA members in that pursuit. This is a four-day comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. Contact Teresa Ferrer for more information about the next series of Jump Start Seminars.