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English Language Arts / Adolescence and Young Adulthood

This certificate is appropriate for teachers who teach students ages 14-18+ and who know the full range of the school language arts curriculum, including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Important Note: A new edition of the English Language Arts Standards (3rd edition) has been published. If you are a first-time candidate beginning the certification process in 2014-15, please use these revised standards linked below. Candidates who applied in 2013-14 and earlier should continue to use the previous version of the standards.

Assessment at a Glance

Review the AYA/ English Language Arts Assessment at a Glance to learn more about the following:

  • Choosing the right certificate
  • Reviewing the Standards
  • Portfolio entry descriptions
  • Assessment center exercise descriptions
  • Retired prompts
  • Understanding the National Board scoring process
  • Certification planning timeline


Read the AYA/ English Language Arts Standards that represent a professional consensus on the aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers.

Portfolio Instructions

Read the AYA/ English Language Arts Portfolio Instructions as well as the General Portfolio Instructions to learn how to prepare, develop and submit your portfolio.

Scoring Guide

Understand how your entries are scored.