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National Board Certification

 

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nongovernmental agency whose mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  • Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do
  • Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards (National Board Certified Teachers, or NBCTs)
  • Advocating related educational reforms to integrate National Board certification in American education
  • Capitalizing on the expertise of NBCTs

See the California science teachers who are National Board Certified.

Information on National Board Certification, the application process, and scholarships and other financial support can be found on the NBPTS website at http://www.nbpts.org/.
Download the Guide to National Board Certification.

California Professional Teaching Development Centers

Five professional teaching development centers have been established to help improve teaching quality by increasing the number of National Board Certified Teachers throughout California, especially in low-performing schools. The centers are actively recruiting candidates for national board certification and providing support programs and scholarships. For information about a particular Professional Teaching Development Center, contact one of the coordinators listed below:

PTDC

Contact

Email

California State University Fullerton

Tara Barnhart, NBCT

tbarnhart@fullerton.edu

California State University Northridge

Dr. Virginia Kennedy

virginia.kennedy@csun.edu

National University

Rae Adams, NBCT

radams@nu.edu

San Joaquin County Office of Education

Dr. Kathleen Gonsalves

kagonsalves@sjcoe.net

University of California, Los Angeles, Center X

Carrie Usui, NBCT

usui@gseis.ucla.edu