Graduate Certificate in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership

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Tanja N. Class of 2016


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The Graduate Certificate in NBCT program includes four-week classes.
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Program Overview

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Take your teaching career to the next level with National University’s Graduate Certificate in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership.

The School of Education and the National University NBPTS Professional Teaching Development Center (PTDC) provide the following services and opportunities for new, practicing, and accomplished educators: support and assistance for NBCT candidates and school districts, access to candidate support providers (CSPs) and NBCT faculty, teachers leader and professional development opportunities, and networking and celebration of accomplishments. It also provides the following program options: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Instructional Leadership, Master’s in Accomplished Collaborative Leadership, and a five-course Graduate Certificate Program in Teacher Leadership.

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.

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.

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Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

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Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

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As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

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