National Board Certification - Teachers

While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, you will be able to apply what you’re learning to your classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable.

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SD DOE National Board Certification Teacher Cohort
The SD Dept of Education has established a cohort for teachers who are pursuing National Board Certification. The goal of the cohort is to provide support and guidance as you move through the NBCT process. If you would like to be part of this cohort you must:
  1. Create an account with NBCT and register to begin the certification process here:
  2. Complete the short survey indicating your wish to be part of the cohort here:
  3. These steps must be completed by September 15, 2018 to participate in the next cycle. See below for more information regarding the process.
National Board Certification - Teachers Resources
National Board Process Quick Overview
Guide to National Board Certification