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Educator Recognition Programs

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that operates a national, voluntary system to assess and certify teachers who meet high and rigorous standards of accomplished teaching. Teachers who achieve certification have demonstrated the ability, in a variety of settings, to make sound professional judgments about students' best interests and to act effectively on those judgments. The certification process is a two-part assessment that requires a great deal of time and energy on the part of the candidate. The first part of the process asks a teacher to show evidence of good teaching practice by preparing a portfolio. The portfolio contains videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, samples of student work and written analyses and reflections on one's teaching. The second component of the assessment takes place in an assessment center. Candidates spend one day at an assessment center completing six content tests.

A National Board Certificate is considered to be the highest credential the teaching profession offers; a certificate awarded by the National Board attests that a teacher has been judged by his or her peers as meeting rigorous professional standards. Teachers who have undertaken it consider it to be the most worthwhile professional development experience of their careers.

National Board certification has been incorporated into the Department's recertification regulations. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification in Massachusetts are awarded 120 PDP's, which is good for one round of recertification. It has also been added to the licensure regulations and is currently one of the options for the Professional license. (You can find the options for the Professional license at 603 CMR 7.11.)

Application

Educators who are interested in applying for National Board Certification should visit National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website . The deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 school year is December 31, 2013.

Fee and Payment Information

A nonrefundable $65 processing charge is required when you submit your application. However, your candidacy will not officially start until you submit a nonrefundable $500 initial fee, which will be applied to the $2,500 assessment fee. Once NBPTS receives your application processing charge and $500 initial fee payment, you will be sent a verification packet and portfolio materials. First-time candidates for National Board Certification are eligible for an extended final payment deadline of March 15, if they agree to use e-check when making payments for which they are personally responsible.

If you have questions regarding this information, please call the National Board customer service line at 1-800-22TEACH.

Race to the Top and Title IIA funds may be utilized to help subsidize the application fee, based on district needs. Interested teachers should contact respective district Race to the Top and Title IIA administrators for possible assistance.

For further information, please contact Deborah Walker via email at djwalker@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: December 4, 2013
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