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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


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.

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 here.