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.

The University of Washington National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (UW NBPTS) Support Program provides professional learning during regional and certificate-alike meetings. Through the UW NBPTS Support Program, teachers can earn up to 32 clock hours.

Watch Ron Thorpe and Board-certified teachers discuss the new certification process.  

Program Components

Orientation - Candidates attend a session to get a head start by planning lessons, becoming familiar with the standards, and the portfolio requirements.

Small Group Meetings - Candidates meet in small groups facilitated by National Board Certified Teachers and/or UW faculty.

Certificate-alike group sessions offer opportunities for candidates to meet in certificate groups. Sessions focus on common certification requirements.

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

NOTE: Please check the OSPI website for more information for more details about when OSPI will open the 2016 – 2017 conditional loan application.

Please check the OSPI website for additional information about the National Board revision process and timeline: http://www.k12.wa.us/Certification/nbpts/Candidacy/ForCandidates.aspx

Questions

For additional information about UW’s National Board Candidate Support Program, send your questions to Mona Kunselman or call 206-685-6514. 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.