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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

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New certification process

The NBPTS has revised the certification process to reflect current research and best practices in teaching and school counseling to ensure more students have access to accomplished teachers and school counselors.

The revised NBPTS model consists of four components that will be rolled out over a three year period beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year. Learn more about the changes.

Roll-Out Schedule:

Component 1 – Content Knowledge

Component 2 – Differentiation in Instruction

Component 3 – Teaching Practice & Learning Environment


Component 4 – Effective & Reflective Practitioner


Advisory: The Take One Program is no longer available.