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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification

National Board Certification® measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

National Board Certification is voluntary and open to all people who have a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school. It is valid for 10 years, after which a teacher must seek renewal.

Evidence of Completion

An individual who wishes to qualify for a Standard certificate by completing all required activities in pursuit of certification or recertification by the NBPTS shall maintain evidence that his or her name was included on the National Board's composite list of those who have completed the certification process (as distinct from having received certification) during the time that he or she held the Initial certificate.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards