Graduate Certificate in National Board Certified Teacher


The National Board Certified Teacher certificate program is designed for educators seeking National Board Certification. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Different states provide incentives that include salary increases and teacher-leader roles. Many teachers who have achieved National Board Certification move into teacher-leadership roles in their respective school, district, and state.  Candidates must have a valid teaching license for three years, and three years of successful teaching experience.

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Graduate Certificate and the university-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.

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the Graduate Certificate. The certificate includes 15-credits of content-specific courses related to content knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. 

Course Requirements

Content Specific Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

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

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.