National Board Certification is offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The process is based on Five Core Propositions and rigorous content and teaching standards. Certification is offered in 25 different content areas and age ranges. Successful completion provides lifetime Rank I for candidates with a master’s degree/fifth-year program. Once certified, NBCTs receive an annual $2,000 salary supplement, pending legislative funding availability. Certification must be renewed every five years through a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. Jefferson County provides candidate support through mentoring services and KEA Jump Start seminars. Candidates pay a $75 nonrefundable, annual registration fee (payable each year as a candidate) and $475 per each component (payable each year per each specific component purchased).
Components consist of 3 portfolio entries and 1 computer-based assessment that includes three Constructed Response Items (CRIs) and 45 Selected Response Items (SRIs).
- Component 1—Content Knowledge
- Component 2—Differentiation in Instruction
- Component 3—Teaching Practice and Learning
- Component 4—Effective and Reflective Practitioner
Eligibility requirements for National Board candidates include the following:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or institution
- Completion of three full years of teaching experience
- Valid state teaching license
Interested teachers should contact Susan Thurman, JCPS National Board Program coordinator.