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Science / Early Adolescence

This certificate is appropriate for teachers who teach students ages 11-15 and know the full range of the school science curriculum (physical sciences, life sciences and earth and space sciences).

NOTICE: If you applied for National Board Certification as a first time candidate after March 1, 2014, please note that the description of National Board Certification presented in the following editions of National Board Standards does not reflect the revisions to the certification now in progress.

If you started the process in 2012 or 2013 prior to the revisions to the certification process, the description of National Board Certification is accurate for your candidacy.

Important Note: 
A new edition of the Science 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 EA / Science 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 EA / Science Standards (revised) that represent a professional consensus on the aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers.

Portfolio Instructions

Read the EA / Science 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.