The National Board Certified Teacher Preparation Courses are a series of four courses that allows you to explore your path to inspired teaching and learning focused on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) assessment.
These flexible online courses are geared toward current credentialed teachers, counselors, librarians, or administrators with 3 or more years of teaching experience. Current National University students and alumni are eligible for a 10 percent discount.
The National Board Certified Teacher Leadership Certificate program will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and expertise to identify your strengths and areas of growth with regard to your certificate area content knowledge and pedagogical practices that will be measured throughout the assessment.
Taken together, the four components of the NBPTS assessment challenges you to become your most effective and reflective practitioner with deepened skills in becoming an agent for change and transformation with your students.
Credit Courses with an Instructor
Schedule: 4-course series
- Component 1 offered in the Summer
- Component 2 offered in the Fall
- Component 3 offered in the Winter
- Component 4 offered in the Spring
Duration: 4 weeks with an Instructor for 4 CEUs
Cost: $395 for each component
Instructors: National Board Certified Teachers
Note: Upon completion of a well-crafted Component 2-4 portfolio draft, feedback will be provided specific to the attainment of the standards and achievement of clear, consistent and convincing evidence of achieving candidate learning outcomes.
NBCX 8005X National Board Component 1: Content Knowledge Assessment Preparation (4 CEUs)
Component 1: Content Knowledge is a computer-based assessment requiring candidates to demonstrate knowledge of and pedagogical practices for their teaching content area. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate content, which is necessary for teaching across the full age range and ability levels of the chosen certificate area. This course will provide candidates with an in-depth understanding of the expectations of completing the Component 1: Content Knowledge Assessment of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The course will emphasize the understanding and use of the Five Core Propositions, the certificate area standards, certificate area standards, certificate area prompts, and the assessment center process set forth by the NBPTS as tools and resource for learning about, examining, and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, professional development, and leadership skills that require knowledge of adult learning and that lead to desired student outcomes. Fundamental knowledge is gained in preparation to be successful candidates in the National Board Certified Teacher process. Candidates will be challenged to create study guides specifically tailored to gaps in knowledge in relation to their content and pedagogical knowledge that will be tested during the assessment and to prepare and take practice tests to be best equipped for the actual assessment. Candidates will also be armed with some test-taking strategies to lower anxiety and be best prepared for their testing experience.
NBCX 8010X National Board Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction (4 CEUs)
Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction is a written portfolio assessment wherein candidates demonstrate their abilities related to using formative and summative assessment to drive decision-making and instruction that impacts student learning. This course will provide candidates with opportunities to review research and commentary that guide and shape decisions and judgments made when determining the levels of progress students are making toward achieving academic goals, and to identify elements of teaching practice that contribute to successful learning outcomes. One essential source of evidence about a teacher’s practice is student work, and in this course, candidates will look at what students are asked to do, how the teacher interprets the responses, what the teacher does with the information, and what might occur next as a result. Candidates will analyze, describe and reflect upon their instructional practices, lesson designs, and assessment strategies related to the requirements that are outlined in the NBCT Portfolio Component Entries that rely on student work samples as evidence of accomplished practice. Candidates will gain specific to attainment and understanding of the standards and will be challenged to provide clear, consistent and convincing evidence of achieving candidate learning outcomes. Candidates will examine individual and class work as a source for drawing conclusions about their instruction, use of assessments, interpretation of data and next steps that ensure increased achievement. Candidates will culminate this course by completing all of the component portfolio sections as required for submission.
NBCX 8015X National Board Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (4 CEUs)
Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment is a written portfolio assessment wherein candidates provide an example of real-life teaching and learning involving a lesson, or lessons highlighting best-practice using video analysis that demonstrates impact on student learning. This course will provide candidates with time and opportunities to explore and comment on accomplished teaching practices related to the NBCT standards in their fields of expertise. Candidates will focus on developing a response to Component 3 of their National Board work that captures their ability to engage and interact with students effectively as they meet identified instructional goals and objectives, and capture students engaged and interacting with each other in well-planned lessons supported by effective instructional strategies that require demonstrations of learning. Candidates will review and explore research related to a variety of ‘best practices’ that result in student engagement, brain compatibility and content-specific approaches that make curriculum accessible to all student populations. Candidates will record segments of their teaching that mirror Component 3 requirements outlined in their specific certificate areas. Candidates will gain specific to attainment and understanding of the standards and will be challenged to provide clear, consistent and convincing evidence of achieving candidate learning outcomes. Candidates will culminate this course by completing all of the component portfolio sections as required for submission.
NBCX 8020X National Board Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner (4 CEUs)
Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner is a written portfolio assessment wherein candidates demonstrate their ability to identify student needs, and seek out and utilize appropriate resources to help meet those needs to influence student learning. This course will guide candidates to engage with the tools of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and other source materials that focus on highlighting effective and reflective practices to best support student learning. Candidates will apply the knowledge and understanding in relation to the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Core Propositions and Certificate Standards that are aligned with accomplished practices reflecting their own ability gather information from a variety of sources about students; use assessments to effectively plan for and positively impact students’ learning; and provide evidence of collaboration with families, caregivers, the community, colleagues and of contributions to learning communities to advance student’s learning and growth. The types of information candidates submit, the sources of that information, and how this information is used will be specific to the current subject area, and the unique characteristics of the current students, school, district, and community of which the candidate is associated. Candidates will also explore and determine how commitment to democratic learning can be demonstrated through work with diverse students in the classroom, with families, the community and colleagues. Candidates will consider the effects of democratic and supportive environments for learning and how to advance students’ decision-making and advocacy skills. Candidates will culminate this course by completing all the component portfolio sections as required for submission.
Non-Credit Courses without an Instructor
Schedule: Open Enrollment, Self-paced
Duration: 3 months without an instructor for no credit
Cost: $195 for each component
Instructors: Non-credit courses do not have an instructor. Candidates will work through the curriculum at their own pace, in a self-directed learning manner, and monitor their own learning through the process of completing the coursework.
Upgrade option: One-time portfolio review
Cost: $100 for each Component 2, 3, or 4
Reviewer: National Board Certified Teacher
Upon completion of a well-crafted Component portfolio draft, feedback will be provided by a National Board Certified Teacher specific to the attainment of the standards and achievement of clear, consistent and convincing evidence of achieving candidate learning outcomes. Please note that the review of your draft is a one-time offering. Also, your NBCT reviewer will not give you a National Board rubric score, as they are not trained assessors. Their role is to provide feedback in the form of inquiry and suggestions for revision (i.e. missing content, not well-explained responses, etc.), but will not be adding suggestions related to answering the prompts (i.e. curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment choices).
- NBCX 1905XX National Board Component 1: Content Knowledge Assessment Preparation NC $195
- NBCX 1910XX National Board Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction NC $195
NBCX 1911X National Board Component 2 Prep NC/Review $100
- NBCX 1915XX National Board Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment NC $195
NBCX 1916X National Board Component 3 Prep NC/Review $100
- NBCX 1920XX National Board Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner Preparation NC $195<
NBCX 1921X National Board Component 4 Prep NC/Review $100
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