Certificates, Standards, and Instructions for First-time and Returning Candidates

As you prepare to start your National Board Certification process here are important documents for you to download: the General Portfolio Instructions and your selected certificate-specific instructions. The General Portfolio Instructions will provide you with key requirements, policies, and guidelines.  This is an important document that includes relevant information that is not included in the certificate-specific instructions. 

The table below provides certificate-specific instructions and Standards for new and returning candidates. Please carefully select your certificate and specialty area as applicable.

CERTIFICATE AREAS

COMPONENT INSTRUCTIONS

(View General Portfolio Instructions)

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

DISCIPLINE

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Art

Early and Middle Childhood
(ages 3-12)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Early Childhood and Middle Childhood/Art

Art

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Art

Career and Technical Education

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

Career and Technical Education, Second Edition

English as a New Language

Early and Middle Childhood
(ages 3-12)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

English as a New Language, 2nd Edition

English as a New Language

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

English as a New Language, 2nd Edition

English Language Arts

Early Adolescence
(ages 11-15)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

English Language Arts, 3rd Edition

English Language Arts

Adolescence and Young Adulthood
(ages 14-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

English Language Arts, 3rd Edition

Exceptional Needs Specialist

Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
(ages birth-21+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Exceptional Needs, 2nd Edition

Generalist

Early Childhood
(ages 3-8)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Early Childhood Generalist, 3rd Edition

Generalist

Middle Childhood
(ages 7-12)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Middle Childhood Generalist, 3rd Edition

Health Education

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Health Education

Library Media

Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
(ages 3-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Library Media, 2nd Edition

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts

Early and Middle Childhood
(ages 3-12)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Literacy: Reading-Language Arts, 2nd Edition

Mathematics

Early Adolescence
(ages 11-15)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Mathematics, 3rd Edition

Mathematics

Adolescence and Young Adulthood
(ages 14-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Mathematics, 3rd Edition

Music

Early and Middle Childhood
(ages 3-12)

Component1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Music

Music

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Music

Physical Education

Early and Middle Childhood
(ages 3-12)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Physical Education, 2nd Edition

Physical Education

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Physical Education, 2nd Edition

School Counseling

Early Childhood through Young Adulthood
(ages 3-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

School Counseling

Science

Early Adolescence
(ages 11-15)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Science, 3rd Edition

Science

Adolescence and Young Adulthood
(ages 14-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Science, 3rd Edition

Social Studies-History

Early Adolescence
(ages 11-15)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

Social Studies-History, 2nd Edition

Social Studies-History

Adolescence and Young Adulthood
(ages 14-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3 

Component 4

Social Studies-History, 2nd Edition

World Languages

*please note the prerequisite for EAYA World Languages

Early Adolescence though Young Adulthood
(ages 11-18+)

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

World Languages, 2nd Edition