National Board Certification

National Board Certification



National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.


Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, you will be able to apply what you’re learning to your classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable.

About National Board Certification

National Board Standards and available Certificates come to life through the four components of the certification process: a content knowledge assessment; reflections on student work samples; classroom video and analysis; and documentation of the teacher’s impact as a teaching professional


Arizona K12 Center- National Board

Board Certified Teachers

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


Research shows that students of NBCTs outperform their peers in other classrooms. In achieving certification, you demonstrate that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to advance student learning and achievement. Certification also opens doors to leadership opportunities and increases your professional marketability, among other benefits. Even before you achieve certification, you will be able to apply what you’re learning to help your students each and every day.

Years of research confirm the impact of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) on student learning and achievement.

National Board Research


You are a National Board Certified Teacher. Now what?

  • Stay Connected- Join the Arizona NBCT Network to advocate for accomplished teaching and learning. Click here to visit the network page. 
  • Support Your Colleagues and the Profession- Most NBCTs are eager to continue the quest for excellence that began with their National Board certification. Contact the Arizona K-12 Center to support your colleagues in the pursuit of National Board Certification. Contact Suzanne Vogt at
  • Renew Your National Board Certification- National Board Renewal


Arizona 2014 State Profile

Contact Information

Beth Driscoll, NBCT, M.Ed.
Educator Excellence
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 45
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-364-2191
Fax: 602-542-5010