National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met these rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers 25 certificates that cover a variety of subject areas and student developmental levels. These rigorous standards vastly influence the quality of teaching, as students of National Board Certified teachers gain one to two months of additional learning compared to their peers in other classrooms, according to research conducted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. School districts recognize this growth and achievement, as a number of school districts across East, Middle, and West Tennessee offer incentives for achieving and maintaining National Board Certification.

To support aspiring National Board candidates in their pursuit of certification, the department will offer candidates who teach in Tennessee public schools access to a qualified National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) to serve as a candidate support provider (CSP). Candidate support providers are those individuals who facilitate candidates through the certification process, often starting before the teacher actually applies for certification. Candidate support providers ask questions that help a candidate show evidence more clearly, are sensitive to a candidate’s emotional needs, help candidates create organizational systems to manage the process, locate resources to help with technology demands, and provide models of feedback that broaden and deepen the candidate’s own analytical abilities.

The department will compensate current, eligible NBCTs who elect to serve as candidate support providers. For more information on how to either provide or receive NBCT support, please visit the Candidate Support tab.

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To add National Board Certification to your teaching license, see the license renewal page for further instructions.