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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Scholarships, loans, and bonuses


Scholarships, loans, and bonuses

To encourage teachers/school counselors in Washington State to apply for NBPTS certification, the state of Washington (OSPI) offers no-interest conditional loans of $1425. Upon achieving National Board Certification, teachers/school counselors will receive an annual $5,000 bonus from the state of Washington each year they remain in the classroom for the life of the certificate (10 years) and renew their Washington credential for the life of the certificate. In addition to this stipend, teachers in “challenging schools” (elementary 70% FRPL, middle school 60% FRPL, and high school 50% FRPL) will receive an additional $5,000 annual bonus for the life of the National Board certificate. Please visit the OSPI website for more information on the bonus eligibility.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers scholarships to teachers/counselors on a first-come, first served basis.

Please visit the Washington Education Association for information on the WEA sponsored “Jump Start” and “Home Stretch”.

Fees and due dates

What will certification cost? When are fees due? WSU Fees and Due Dates

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Retake Candidates


The first time didn’t work out. That’s OK. You can get another chance.

For All Retake Candidates:

  • Please complete the WSU Retake form and email/fax it back to Debra Pastore at or 509-335-5046.
  • Candidates are eligible for up to eight hours of retake facilitation. You have the option of working with your previous facilitator or an NBCT in your certificate area.

The 2014 Guide To National Board Certification has all NBPTS retake information on pages 1-4. This information addresses cost, deadlines, banking your scores, and other details.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – General Overview


WSU NBPTS Program Description & General Overview*

An investment in your future
See all fees here

Component #1:  Content Knowledge

15 hours/15 clock hours

  • Overview/History Of The National Board
  • Connect Core Propositions to the Standards & the Classroom
  • Deconstructing Component 1: Portfolio Standards, Instructions, & Rubrics
  • Writing For National Boards: Descriptive, Analytical, & Reflective
  • Connect Research-based Best Practices to Effective Teaching & Student Learning
  • Content/Subject-matter Research
  • Resources for Content Knowledge Preparation
  • Prepare/Answer Practice Assessment Center Prompts
  • Review Candidate NBPTS Completion Timeline

Component #3:  Teaching Practice & Learning Environment

25 hours/25 clock Hours-

  • Deconstruct Component 3 Portfolio Standards, Instructions & Rubrics
  • Connect The Core Propositions to NB Standards & the Classroom
  • Architecture Of Accomplished Teaching
  • Writing for National Boards: Descriptive, Analytical, & Reflective
  • Instructional Analysis: Engagement & Discussion In The Classroom
  • Encouraging Students To Explore & Build Upon Previous Knowledge
  • Impact Of Contextual Environment On Learning
  • Pedagogical Strategies To Engage All Students
  • Share & Peer-review Evidence & Impact on Student Learning
  • Evidence Choices For Video/DVD
  • Analysis Of Video/DVD Lessons, Student Growth & Reflection
  • Fairness & Equity, Culture & Diversity

Component #2:  Differentiation in Instruction

25 hours/25 clock hours

  • Deconstruct Component 2
  • Connecting Core Propositions To The Standards & The Classroom
  • Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
  • Writing For National Boards: Descriptive, Analytical, & Reflective
  • Examine Evidence, Artifacts & Student Work Samples
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Examine Research-Based Best Practices For Effective Teaching & Student Learning
  • Setting Classroom Learning Goals & Sequence Learning Activities
  • Encouraging Students To Explore & Build Upon Previous Knowledge
  • Assessing Student Difficulties, Understandings, & Misconceptions
  • Develop a Wide Range of Pedagogical Strategies To Engage All Students
  • Analysis of Student Growth
  • Analyze Student Work Samples & How The Evidence Reflects Student Learning

Component #4 – Effective & Reflective Practitioner
25 Hours/25 Clock Hours

  • Deconstructing Component 4
  • Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
  • Connecting Core Propositions To The Standards & The Classroom
  • Teacher As Leader, Collaborator, Learner, & Communicator
  • Writing for National Boards: Descriptive, Analytical & Reflective
  • Documenting Family & Community Interactions
  • Role as Leader, Mentor & Advocate For Better Schools
  • Reflective Analysis
  • Support Student Learning Through Long-Range Initiatives

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Distance Learning Support Program

Distance Learning Support Program

Our distance learning program is available to anyone pursuing National Board Certification. It is highly recommended that candidates attend the WEA sponsored Jump Start and Home Stretch sessions.

Distance Learning candidates will be required to complete the WSU Foundations of National Boards Seminar or Jump Start before enrolling in any of the Component Seminars.

WSU NBPTS Distance Learning program fees

The Distance Learning Support Program 2015-2016 is non-credit only.

Foundations Seminar – $150

Component #1 Seminar – TBD

Component #2 Seminar – TBD

Graduate credit – not available for the 2015-2016 academic year

Distance Learning candidates will have the same payment deadlines as the face-to-face cohorts.

Foundations of National Boards Seminar

Foundations of National Boards Seminar

(formerly Candidate Orientation)

WSU will provide multiple opportunities to complete the Foundations of National Boards Seminar for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Foundations seminar is designed to introduce the candidate to the National Board process and provide a foundation that will allow the candidate to complete their work on each of the NBPTS components.
School Counselors:  schedule individual Foundations of National Boards Seminar sessions with Jane Oczkewicz.

Foundations of National Boards  2015-2016 will start late summer/early fall.  Information will be posted below as it becomes available.






Lower Valley
Spokane and Spokane Valley
Tri-CitiesAugust 20, 2015 5:00-7:30 p.m.Southridge High School
Contact Chuck Hamker-Teals at
Walla Walla

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Application

WSU National Board Support Program registration

Application for WSU NBPTS Support Program

Please complete the following before the start of your first Seminar:

Please contact your local facilitator or Tariq Akmal for more information (see below).

Cohort & Facilitator Contacts

Lower Valley/ (Grandview, Mabton, Prosser, etc.) Areas
Michael Surmeyer

Pullman/Clarkston Area
Rena Mincks


Spokane Area
Jennifer Springstead

Tri-Cities Area
Chuck Hamaker-Teals

All Other Areas
College of Education

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization rooted in the belief that the single most important action this country can take to improve schools and student learning is to strengthen teaching. This organization’s mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms.

Contact information

WSU National Board Certification Program
160 Cleveland Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164-2114

Email inquiries



Professional Dispositions

Professional Dispositions of Effective Teachers

Professional dispositions are the principles or standards that underpin a teacher’s success in the classroom. They are the values, commitments, and professional ethics that govern how a teacher acts with students, families, colleagues, and communities.

As an institution that prepares teachers, we owe parents, citizens, and our state’s P-12 students our best professional judgment and keenest observations when making assessments that could have profound effects in the future. The identification and evaluation of professional dispositions are part of WSU’s professional responsibility.


The Professional Dispositions for Academic Progress (PDAP) is the form used by the Department of Teaching & Learning to document a student’s disposition to be a teacher based on their performance in the university classroom.

The PDAP will be used to illustrate that teacher preparation students at WSU are demonstrating the professional dispositions expected of an effective P-12 educator while taking coursework during their program of study. This document is meant to be a flexible tool that can be used to support coursework-oriented guidance, for student reflection and goal setting, and for intervention when problems arise.


All program applicants will be provided the PDAP and asked to sign a copy recognizing its existence and use when they apply for entry into WSU’s teacher preparation programs. After the initial trial use, the form may be used by any instructor who feels that a candidate is not meeting a particular professional standard.

If you have any questions about the PDAP, please contact Angie Hammond, Director of Student Services, at or 509-335-1800.


The Professional Dispositions Evaluation for Field Experiences (PDEFE) is the form used by the Department of Teaching & Learning to document a student’s dispositions during practicum and field experiences. The dispositions align with the Teacher Performance Evaluation Program (TPEP) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC).

Candidates in our teacher education preparation program must provide evidence of meeting the standards for the ten dispositions of effective teachers. The PDEFE is used to document growth, provide actionable feedback, and demonstrate that candidates have met the standards required for certification.


All ten dispositions are addressed by the mentor teacher, university field supervisor, and teacher candidate at midterm, and all dispositions must be met with evidence by the end of the internship experience.

If you have any questions about the PDEFE, do not hesitate to contact Emily Deen, Director of Field Services & Certification, at or 509-335-1544.

Content exam


*ATTENTION: Starting in early December 2023, the fees for taking the NES subject tests will increase to $119.*

Content exam

Washington state requires that all prospective teachers show proficiency in their respective content area(s).

That proficiency is measured by either the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsements (WEST-E), or the National Evaluation Series (NES) test, depending on the subject area. Candidates may register for either of these tests through the WEST website.

Additionally, those seeking an endorsement in a Designated World Language or bilingual education must also pass an oral- and language-proficiency exam administered by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Washington. Students needing to pass the ACTFL exam may register here.

Teacher Education – Scholarships

You need money for school. We can help.

Generous alumni and donors have provided approximately $325,000 in scholarship support to be awarded every year to undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Education. For questions about creating a scholarship or the College of Education scholarship program contact Joni Ford.

Scholarship information

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in applying for a WSU College of Education scholarship, please visit WSU’s Student Financial Services. The WSU General Scholarship application is due each year by January 31. Other individual scholarships can be found through the Student Financial Services scholarship search engine.

The College of Education offers multiple scholarships to students interested in teaching math and science education. To apply for scholarships such as the Benjamin and Nancy Ellison Endowment in the College of Education or the Melvin Hamre Scholarship In Science Education, complete the WSU General Scholarship application prior to January 31st.

The Educational Leadership Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union (Spokane campus only), gives five $2,500 awards annually to selected participants of the WSU Field Based Superintendent and Principal Certificate Programs. Those interested can apply through the WSU General Scholarship application.

The R.H. and Jane Logan Scholarship is the largest endowed scholarship fund ($16.5 million) that WSU has ever received in its history. It was made possible through an estate gift from San Francisco Bay Area developer, philanthropist, and WSU alumnus Roscoe “Rock” Logan and his wife, Jane. Students can receive $4,000 per year for up to four years. To qualify students must be in an undergraduate or graduate program planning to teach in the public school system, have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed each year by November 30, along with the WSU General Scholarship Application by January 31st. Please note: this scholarship isn’t administered by the College of Education, but by a special committee through Student Financial Services. Please contact SFS for more information.

The Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant is a program established in 2016 by the Washington State legislature with the purpose of encouraging individuals to become teachers by providing financial aid to teacher preparation program candidates who commit to teaching in designated shortage areas. Grant amounts vary depending upon financial need and funds available, with a maximum award of up to $10,000 per academic year. Award amounts are customized to fit within each recipient’s financial aid package, not to exceed financial need. In exchange for receiving the grant, recipients must teach at a Washington preK-12 public school for two school years, or fulfill the obligation in half the time by serving in a shortage area. If the recipient fails to fulfill the teaching service obligation, the grant converts to a loan.

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSFT) offers Science and Mathematics Teaching fellowships.  Teaching fellows are individuals who have recently earned at least a bachelor’s degree in science or mathematics and are committed to teaching high school science or mathematics.  The fellowship provides both financial and professional support for up to five years, including up to $10,000 tuition assistance per year for a maximum of two years and a monthly stipend while fellows are enrolled in recognized teacher credential program.

Loan forgiveness/cancellation programs (a sampling)