What is expected of candidates for National Board Certification?
All National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessments consist of two major parts:
- four portfolio entries, and
- six assessment center exercises.
Assessment center exercises are designed to complement portfolio entries and are organized around challenging teaching issues. This aspect of the certification process requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in classroom situations across the age range and topics of the certificate field.Assessment center entries consist of exercises that are focused on pedagogical and content knowledge. These entries often ask candidates to respond to specific prompts including situations to which teachers must respond or explorations of pedagogical and content issues.
A candidate has one to three years to achieve certification, although all entries must be submitted within the first year. Teachers report that they spend up to 400 hours in the candidacy process during the first year.« Back to FAQs