The Sanford College of Education and the National University NBPTS Professional Teaching Development Center (PTDC) provide the following services, opportunities and program options for new, practicing, and accomplished educators:
- Support and Assistance for NBCT Candidates and School Districts
- Access to Candidate Support Providers (CSPs) and NBCT Faculty
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Instructional Leadership, Master’s in Accomplished Collaborative Leadership
- Five course Certificate Program
- Teachers Leader and Professional Development Opportunities
- Networking and Celebration of Accomplishments
The five-course NBCT Leadership sequence is thoughtfully designed to develop a professional teacher leadership portfolio that aligns with requirements and submission dates outlined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The courses meet the needs of several groups of teachers:
- Those who want to improve their teaching and prepare themselves to achieve National Board Certification now or sometime during their career.
- Those who are active NBCT candidates and want to earn graduate level credit as they develop the required portfolio in response to NBPTS submission guidelines.
- Those who have achieved NBCT and want to earn graduate credit as they develop an NBCT Leadership Portfolio.
- New teachers who want to experience the NBCT portfolio process in advance of submitting for full candidacy to the NBPTS.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to focus on student learning through a systematic study and reflection of one’s own teaching practices and through shared knowledge gained from purposefully formed professional learning communities.
- Demonstrate a commitment to educating all students by examining cross-cultural educational issues and relating those to enhancing student learning.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how to teach students by effectively accessing and using research based learning theories, assessment strategies, teaching models, technology, and classroom management strategies to educate all learners.