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.



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.


You are a National Board Certified Teacher. Now what?

    Stay Connected – Join the Arizona NBCT Network to advocate for accomplished teaching and learning. 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.