Note to Educators

University of Washington will no longer be offering National Boards program support after the current session ends in May 2018. For guidance about alternative programs and resources, please contact Dr. Julie Kang ( or

About the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board certified teachers and leaders in that process.
Watch Ron Thorpe and Board-certified teachers discuss the new certification process

Who Should Participate?

To be eligible for the National Board Certification process, a candidate must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (Exception: Career and Tech Ed teachers must have met the licensure requirements for the state);
  • Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
  • Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license (Exception: If you are teaching where a license is not required, you have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state).

Meet these three qualifications? Then your next step is to read the Guide to National Board Certification, which provides more in-depth information.
Candidates must attend and fully participate in all support meetings and complete the portfolio and assessment center exercises according to published timelines.

Scholarship Application Process

Please check the OSPI website for additional information about the National Board revision process and timeline.

Additional Information

For information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), visit their website. For information about the Washington Initiative scholarships, visit the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website.