The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and private corporations, and governed by a 63 member board of directors, the majority of whom are teachers. The NBPTS certificate measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.
National Board Certification is voluntary and open to all educators who have a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school. It is valid for 10 years. The fee for National Board Certification is $2,500.
Advantages for Wisconsin Educators
The NBPTS certificate complements, but does not replace, Wisconsin state licensure. It is a professional certificate used to obtain a 10-year Master Educator license in the corresponding area and level. In addition, Wisconsin educators who received NBPTS certification can:
- Obtain reimbursement for costs of up to $2,000 personally incurred to achieve certification.
- Receive annual grants for 9 years of $2,500 or $5,000.
For program completers prior to September 1, 2004: Educators who completed the NBPTS process but did not receive NBPTS certification can renew their Professional Educator licenses using the work done for National Board certification in lieu of 6 semester credits or PDP for license renewal.
The list of National Board Certified Teachers in Wisconsin who are available for consultation is available in Appendix B.