Based on its Five Core Propositions, the National Board offers standards in 25 certificate areas structured along two dimensions: the developmental level of the students and the subject areas. Choosing the certificate area that best reflects the age range of students and the subject you teach is important because you must be able to demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge across the full age range of the chosen certificate area (and specialty area, if applicable). Our recommendation to all potential candidates is to carefully study the standards, as well as the demands of the entries and exercises, to determine whether you will be able to demonstrate your level of accomplished practice.
If you are deciding which certificate area is right for you or have already submitted an application and begun your journey, the links below will take you to certificate-specific resources including the Assessment at a Glance, Standards, Portfolio Instructions, Scoring Guides, and Assessment Center Policy and Guidelines.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:
The Standards, Portfolio Instructions and assessment material located on the following pages are for the 2013-2014 assessment cycle. All first-time and retake candidates will use these materials.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RENEWAL CANDIDATES:
While the Standards for your certificate area can be found on the following pages, you must access the Profile of Professional Growth (PPG) for instruction on preparing your components for submission.