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27 Percent of New CA National Board Certified Teachers are affiliated with National University

Of the 384 new National Board Certified Teachers named in December 2011 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 102 are National University alumni, students or previous enrollees. Those 102 alumni constitute 27 percent of the statewide total, or more than one in every four new NBCTs in the state.

National Board Certification is a voluntary process, requiring a rigorous performance-based assessment that can take from one to three years to complete. Once achieved, it is considered “the gold standard” of teaching excellence, according to NBPTS President and CEO Ronald Thorpe. 

National University provides a program that offers both support and graduate credit for teachers who engage in the development of the NBCT portfolio process. Each course is taught by NBCT adjunct faculty, trained as Certified Support Providers, according to NBCT Program Director Ronarae Adams.

In California, National University is one of only three of 32 universities that offer a master’s degree incorporating NBCT coursework into the program. The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership is one of the University's most popular programs. Additionally, National University serves as one of five California NBPTS Professional Teaching Development Centers (PTDC), offering the following:

* monthly and one-to-one support by trained Candidate Support Providers (CSPs) for active candidates

* an online NBCT Accomplished Teaching and Leadership Collaborative

*  leadership and advocacy training and opportunities

* opportunities for aspiring teachers and first and second year teachers to be linked to NBCTs in their region

 * annual celebrations of accomplishments that impact student learning

For information, and to get involved in the University’s PTDC activities, List Serve and online Accomplished Teaching and Leadership Network, please contact NU-NBCT Program Director, Ronarae Adams, or 858-642-8352.