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National Board Certification

National Board Certification is a demonstration of a candidate's teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. This professional certification is used in the Utah State Licensing System to certify Level 3 distinguished teaching in our schools.

It is also a means of professional growth and development. Teachers pursuing National Board Certification complete a professional portfolio and take an in-depth content assessment. The process deepens subject matter knowledge and leads teachers to become more skillful in daily classroom instruction and student assessment.

The ultimate result is improved student learning. The success of National Board Certification comes from the power of a good idea: Quality teachers are necessary for student learning!

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) leads the way in making teaching a profession that is dedicated to student learning, while upholding high standards for professional performance. We have raised the standards for teachers, strengthened their educational preparation, and created performance-based assessments that demonstrate accomplished application of the standards.

Five Core Propositions Summarizing What We Believe About Teaching

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

This process is designed to certify teachers so that they, like professionals in other fields, can achieve distinction by meeting rigorous standards of performance. National Board Certification establishes high and rigorous advanced standards for experienced teachers to demonstrate accomplished teaching practice. This process is shaping reforms that build quality assurance into the teaching profession.

Being a National Board Certified Teacher

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) emphasize that accomplished teachers in every field and at every level are aware of what they do and why they are doing it as they teach. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and educational experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.

Becoming a National Board Candidate

Apply for National Board Candidacy at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Joining the Utah National Board Coalition

utahnationalboardcoalition[at]gmail[dot]com(E-mail) the National Board Coalition.