Value for Students

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Value for Students
Teachers know the most important part of their job is having a daily impact on students. The standards encompass skills that are effective in all teaching environments, including the most challenging.

Research shows that NBCTs have a greater impact on student learning and achievement than non-certified teachers, with their students outperforming their peers in other classrooms.  Students of Board-certified teachers regularly engage in purposeful learning experiences tied to their unique needs and interests.  As a result, students and their parents increasingly seek out educators who have met the profession’s highest standards.

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

Select Components

  • You may select and pay for each component individually.
     
  • You will receive a confirmation for each component selected.

Pay Fees

  • Although payment is not required when a component is selected, you must complete the order process by selecting Submit Order for the component to be reflected on your account. Until you select Submit Order, no payment – including potential third party payments – can be applied to your account.
     
  • Fees must be paid prior to the January 31 payment deadline.
     
  • Even if you are expecting payment from a third party, you must be prepared to submit payment in full if the third party payment is not received by the published deadline.
     
  • In addition to the $75 annual registration fee, each of the four assessment components costs $475 (total cost of components is $1,900). Any retake attempts cost additionally.
     
  • The In Your State page has an interactive map you can use to learn more about available financial support and incentives.