National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

****** We have experienced an overwhelming volume of phone calls and email these past few weeks seeking assistance with ELO and licensing. We will continue to work with educators who had reached out for assistance or started an application online prior to June 30th to be able to assist with technical issues that prevented application completion.  Applications from these educators who made a good faith effort to apply will be considered as having been made timely. ******


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 $1,900.

Advantages for Wisconsin Educators

The NBPTS certificate compliments, 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.