Revisions to Certification Process
Since Board-certified teachers have a proven track record of improving student learning and achievement, the National Board is committed to reducing barriers unrelated to the quality of a teacher’s practice. To accomplish this goal, in 2013 the National Board revised the certification process.
- To incorporate the latest research. We reviewed the latest research to ensure that the certification process mirrors the evolving nature of the profession and current research on best practices in teaching.
- Addressing cost and flexibility. We worked with National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and other experts in the profession to remove barriers in the process that have nothing to do with whether a teacher is accomplished. Earning Board certification now costs less and has enhanced flexibility.
- The National Board now provides additional options for educators. While teachers can complete the entire certification process in one year, some may choose to do so over several years if that fits better with other demands on their time. While maintaining the same level of rigor, the process is grouped into four components. Learn about the process.
- The total cost of certification has decreased to about $1,900, with each of the four components costing $475 each. Candidates have the option to pay for and submit each component separately.