Instruction: National Board Certified Teacher, Master of Education

Master of Education

Program Purpose

The Master of Education in Instruction: National Board Certified Teacher degree program is designed for educators seeking National Board Certification that is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Different states provide incentives that include salary increases, teacher-leader roles. Teachers who have achieved National Board Certification often move into teacher leadership roles in their respective school, district, and states.  This degree program does not lead to a state teaching license.

Program Competencies

Developed and revised by practicing educators based on research and practitioner expertise, the National Board Five Core Propositions and Standards describe what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do to have a positive impact on student learning.

Proposition 1 - Teachers are committed to students and their learning

Proposition 2 - Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students

Proposition 3 -Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning

Proposition 4 -Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience

Proposition 5 -Teachers are members of learning communities

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Master of Education in Instruction: National Board Certified Teacher degree program competencies and the college-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of candidate performance in authentic settings.

Program Design

This 30-credit program consists of 12 credit hours of foundation courses that focus on teaching and learning and 18 credit hours of elective courses. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting or a training center to complete the program competency assignments. These courses will be offered online. There is a non-credit E-Folio course requirement.

To earn National Board Certification, candidates will also be required to apply to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and meet their standards for their content area as demonstrated by submission of a professional portfolio and a content knowledge exam. NBPTS will require applicants to hold a valid teaching license and have three years of experience before teachers can earn National Board certification.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MED 7712 Curriculum Development

MED 7808 Assessment and Evaluation

MED 7809 Instructional Design

MED 7812 Culture and Learning Environments


Elective Courses (18 credits)

MED 8000 Foundations of National Board Certification

MED 8001 Content Knowledge

MED 8002 Differentiated Instruction

MED 8003 Teaching Practice and Learning Environment

MED 8004 Effective and Reflective Practitioner

MED 8005 Professional Inquiry

Qualification for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Education in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 30 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0. The program must be completed within five years.


Since there is no relevant Delaware license or certificate, the completion of this degree does not qualify the recipient for a license or certification in Delaware, since there is no relevant Delaware license or certificate.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.