Board Certification Overview

Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) National Board Jump Start Academy

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.

NSEA Jump Start Academy is designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process,

The Jump Start Academy also provides the opportunity to examine National Board Component and Assessment Center requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification within the frame of a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

National Board candidates are encouraged to explore the following resources in preparation for engagement in the Jump Start Academy and pursuit of National Board Certification.

National Board Certification Candidate Service and Support

National Board candidate support is provided to educators pursuing National Board Certification.  National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), and National Board Candidates-in-Waiting (National Board candidates awaiting final score reports) serve to lead, facilitate, and guide educators through the certification process. The support structure for National Board candidates assists educators with the following:

  • Understand the National Board Standards for highly accomplished teaching.
  • Prepare components connecting their teaching and student achievement.
  • Reflect thoughtfully on the effectiveness of their practice.

National Board candidate support will be provided through the partnership between the Nevada Education Association (NSEA) and the Nevada National Board Professional Learning Institute.  Please contact the National Board Institute for additional detailed information.

National Board Informational Meetings

Informational meetings provide an introduction to the process of National Board certification. The meetings are designed for educators who are considering pursuing National Board certification and want to learn more about the certification process. The informational meetings are free of charge for educators to attend. 

What Is National Board Certification?

Grounded in the National Board’s Five Core Propositions that describe what teachers should know and be able to do, the certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practice. In all 25 certificate areas candidates are required to complete four components.

An assessment overview containing additional details is found at National Board Certification. The specific instructions will vary by certificate area, as will the standards assessed by each component.

Component 1: Content Knowledge: A computer-based assessment asks you to demonstrate your understanding of content knowledge and pedagogical practices for
teaching your content area. You must demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate content, which is necessary for teaching across the full age range and ability level of your chosen certificate area. This is assessed through the completion of three constructed response exercises and 45 selected-response items.

Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction:
This classroom-based portfolio entry requires that candidates gather and analyze information about individual students’ strengths and needs and use that information to design and implement instruction to advance student learning and achievement. You will submit selected work samples that demonstrate the students’ growth over time and a written commentary that analyzes your instructional choices.

Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning
Environment: This is a classroom-based portfolio entry that requires video recordings of interactions between you and your students. You will also submit a written commentary in which you describe, analyze and reflect on your teaching and interactions with students. Both the video and the written commentary should demonstrate how you engage students and impact their learning.

Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner:This portfolio entry requires you to demonstrate evidence of your abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner in developing and applying knowledge of your students; your use of assessments to effectively plan for and positively impact your students’ learning, and your collaboration to advance students’ learning and growth.


The process is more flexible than ever!
Set your own pace and sequence throughout the process.

  • Take up to three years to complete the four components
  • Complete the components in any sequence
  • You have two opportunities to retake a component if needed
  • Each component costs $475; pay for components separately

For more information, please refer to our FAQ’s page.

The National Board Certification Process

The certification process is more flexible than ever. Set your own pace and sequence throughout the process. You may take up to three years to complete the four components, and you may complete the components in any sequence. You have two opportunities to retake a component if needed, and each component may be paid for separately.

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas representing 16 different disciplines and four developmental levels and is applicable to most teachers in U.S. public schools.

To become a Board-certified teacher, eligible candidates must demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills, and practice in their individual certificate area by completing four components: three portfolio entries and a computer-based assessment.

Candidates completing the World Languages certificate must also provide American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certificates of Advanced Low or higher from ACTFL speaking and writing proficiency assessments. Teachers are asked to verify their eligibility during registration and may be asked to provide proof of meeting these requirements.

Throughout the certification process, teachers will be able to apply the National Board Standards to their classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification.

The standards for all Board certification areas are founded on the Five Core Propositions that represent a professional consensus on the unique aspects of practice that distinguish accomplished teachers. Candidates should view the available certificate areas and then select a certificate area associated with their classroom specialty.


Good Reads

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able To Do

Certification Roadmap

Candidate Resources

Guide to National Board Certification

Choosing the Right Certificate

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