Understand the Components
Review the National Board Standards and component instructions for your certificate area.
National Board Certification is offered in 25 certificate areas that span 16 content areas and four student developmental levels.
- In all certificate areas, candidates are required to complete four components consisting of:
Computer-based assessment - administered at a testing center
Component 1: Content Knowledge
Portfolio entries - submit online
Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction
Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner
Teachers must attempt each of the four components within the first three years of their candidacy. You will have two opportunities to retake each component.
- Certification may take anywhere from one to five years, depending on the approach taken