Supports for Initial Certification

Supports for Educators Pursuing National Board Certification

The National Board made changes to provide flexibility for successfully completing your portfolio submissions, Renewal or Maintenance of Certification during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on our Pursuing National Board Certification during COVID-19 page. Create a National Board account to learn the latest National Board candidate news.

Supports for Educators Interested in National Board Certification

  • National Board Certification: Overview and Quick Start Guide– We’re excited that you are interested in learning more about National Board Certification.  If you’re considering certification, we’ve pulled together this resource packet just for you. It includes the key things we think you need to know and provides a directory of links to relevant and useful content.
  • Free Canvas Course: Introduction to National Board Certification – This  course  is  a collection of resources  and guided learning  activities for  educators  interested in pursuing Board  certification. The course is  designed to  be used in one sitting or throughout the year. The course has seven modules and is designed to help you learn more about the National  Board Standards  and certification process. You can self-enroll here.
  • Webinars: The National Board hosts webinars for educators interested in pursuing certification. You can review the upcoming webinar schedule.

Supports for Educators Pursuing National Board Certification

  • National Board Certification: Candidate ResourceWe’ve put together this Candidate Resource Guide that includes the key certification documents and additional resources to support you on your National Board Certification journey. In this guide you find sample timelines, planning guides for each component, previously recorded webinars, a free canvas course, and resources to support writing about your teaching practice.
  • Free Canvas Course: Preparing for National Board Certification -This  course  is  designed  for  teachers  pursuing National  Board  certification. It is  populated with videos, tools, and resources  for  National  Board  candidates. You can self-enroll hereThe course is  organized  around  six  modules:
    1. Welcome:  Details  about using Canvas, setting up your  profile, overview  of the  National Board  process
    2. Component One:  Step-by-step preparation for  your  testing experience. 
    3. Component Two:  Step-by-step guidance for  understanding and preparing your submission,  with a focus  on differentiation and analyzing student work.
    4. Component Three:  Step-by-step guidance for  understanding and preparing your submission,  with a focus  on learning  environments  and videos. 
    5. Component 4:  Step-by-step guidance for  understanding and preparing  your submission, with a focus  on effective assessment  and planning of this  component. 
    6. Understanding  your  Score:  All  the information you need to understand your  score and next steps. 
  • Webinars: The National Board hosts webinars for educators pursuing certification. You can review the upcoming webinar schedule.
  • Third Party Support Programs/Supports