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NBPTS Process

EDUC 600

This course, NBPTS Process, is the first of two courses designed to accompany National Board Certification, a demonstration of teaching practice measured against high standards. NBPTS Process provides three (3) graduate credits for a candidate completing the process of National Board Certification, whether or not Certification is achieved. The second course, NBPTS Certification, provides three (3) graduate credits for a candidate who has successfully achieved Certification.


• Candidate completes the entire process of National Board Certification for their respective certificate field as required by NBPTS.
• Candidate completes and submits four portfolio entries. Three are classroom based, where video recordings and examples of student work serve as supporting documentation. A fourth entry relates to accomplishments outside of the classroom – with families, the community or colleagues – and how they impact student learning.
• Candidate completes and submits an assessment of content knowledge administered at a computer-based testing center. The candidate will sit for the assessment center exercises during the testing window applicable to the candidate’s registration schedule as determined by payment of the full fee.


A teacher can participate in NBPTS Process only after having taught successfully for three full years, graduated from an accredited institution of higher education, and held a valid state teaching license.

Candidates will only receive a letter grade and graduate credit for this course if they fully and successfully complete the National Board Certification process.

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All materials can be found on the NBPTS website.