What is National Board Certification?
National Board Certification is a voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional.
The West Virginia Legislature has provided reimbursement for half of the $1,900 assessment fee upon proof of fee payment to the National Board and the other half when the teacher completes 10 scorable entries, as verified by the National Board. In addition, teachers who complete 10 scorable entries may be reimbursed up to $600 for expenses incurred while completing the certification process. This reimbursement program is subject to legislative appropriation and is limited to 200 teachers annually as funding allows. To obtain an application for reimbursement please visit the West Virginia Department of Education website.
In 2017, there are 872 National Board Certified teachers in West Virginia.
Who is eligible?
You must hold a bachelor’s degree, must have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling and possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license. An exception to the bachelor's degree requirement exists for career and technical education teachers, who must have met the licensure requirements for their state.
What are the changes to the National Board Certification program?
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revised its certification process, and the changes began in the 2014-2015 academic year. The last National Board certification changes were made in 2001, and NBPTS officials note that teaching has changed over that time.
The National Board says the main reason for the change is to remove the barriers of time and money that prevent many high-quality teachers from beginning or completing the process. The rigor will remain the same, according to the NBPTS.
With these changes, new candidates cannot complete the National Board Certification process in fewer than three years. To be successful, candidates must complete four components. The components are: Content Knowledge, Differentiation in Instruction, Teaching Practice and Classroom Environment and Effective and Reflective Practitioner.
The cost of initial certification for each component will be $475 per component, or $1,900 for all four, which is down from $2,500. Candidates must also pay annual enrollment fees. For more information, visit www.boardcertifiedteachers.org.
Who do I contact for a National Board Certification application or information?
Call 1.800.22.TEACH, visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ website, or contact Davin White at 1.800.642.8261, ext. 116 for further details on WVEA’s assistance for WVEA members who are candidates pursuing the process. The WV Department of Education (WVDE) also provides assistance materials via their website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/nationalboard.