A teacher must be recognized and provided an opportunity to use their profession across states. For such a purpose National Board Certification exam is held to get the teachers nationally certified to practice anywhere in the country. it is a matter of prestige for a teacher to get nationally certified. This article provides details about the exam and the process.
The criteria to be met to undergo the certification are:
- You must have a valid state license, have taught for more than 3 years, and have a bachelor’s degree.
- It costs $1,900 to apply for certification (though many states offer fee assistance).
- Completing the certification process may take from one to five years.
- There are four areas (Content Knowledge, Differentiated Instruction, Teaching Practice, and Learning Environment, and Effective and Reflective Practitioner) you must demonstrate proficiency in.
- You must complete a detail-oriented portfolio with artifacts, student samples, and analysis.
- Your portfolio must also include filmed sessions of your classes.
- You will take a timed test to demonstrate your depth of content knowledge.
The process can look intimidating but with the right amount of effort and support the process can be successfully navigated through.
What Do I Get Out of It?
The benefits to get certified are:
- Recertify once every 10 years (instead of every 4).
- Become eligible to teach in most states.
- Receive bonus stipends from some states and/or districts.
- Receive continuing education credits from some districts.
- Undergo a process that many attest makes them a better educator.
- Obtain a high level of national respect and prestige.
- Become a leader in your school, district, state, or at the national level.
- Participate in NBCT-only conferences, publications, and opportunities.
These serve as a motivation to work hard during the preparation process.
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