National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional. Access the sections below for information to help guide and inform your journey to become a National Board Certified Teacher.
Eligibility & Application
Learn about the eligibility prerequisites for seeking certification and the process for submitting an application.
Standards & Certificates
National Board offers 25 certificate areas that cover 16 subject areas and are classified into seven student age categories.
Familiarize yourself with the policies governing National Board Certification.
How does it all add up? Understand how your submissions will be scored.
National Board Certification is often times a three year process. Learn more about the score banking and retake policy.