Graduate Certificate in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership

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The School 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 graduate certificate program in teacher leadership
  • 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 national board certified teacher 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.


Required Courses (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):