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Ms. Java Robinson, MCEA Liaison 


National Board Certification

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Curious About Candidacy?

Visit this information sheet for everything you need to know to get started now or next year using the scholarship.  

What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do 

  • Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.

Areas of Certification

Based on its Five Core Propositions, the National Board offers standards in 25 certificate areas structured along two dimensions: the developmental level of the students and the subject areas. Choosing the certificate area that best reflects the age range of students and the subject you teach is important because you must be able to demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge across the full age range of the chosen certificate area (and specialty area, if applicable). Our recommendation to all potential candidates is to carefully study the standards, as well as the demands of the entries and exercises, to determine whether you will be able to demonstrate your level of accomplished practice.  

NBPTS Five Core Propositions

For Candidates




  • The Class of 2014 New and Renewed NBCTs Pinning Ceremony at MCEA
  • New NBCT Alexis Simmons and Richard Montgomery HS Assistant Principal Kim Heidler
  • NBCTs Aileen Baron, Jennifer Craft, and Claudia Fraser welcoming NBCTs
  • Pam Lever, NBCT, welcoming New NBCT Tom Fetherman
  • New NBCT Dana Sato adds her star to the NBCT map with Madeleine Thompson, NBCT
  • NBCTs Shalini Komal, Steve Dubrow, Renee Patrick (Renewed 2014), Jolynn Tarwater
  • Doug Prouty, MCEA President, addresses New and Renewed NBCTs
  • Daryl Alston, New NBCT, pinned by Lesley Johnson, NBCT Specialist
  • Laura Schley, New NBCT, presents the National Board Network Principal's award to Jennifer Webster, Principal, Damascus HS
  • Gail Melson, New NBCT, reflecting on the National Board Certification process


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - The National Board is recognized for developing the professional standards that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  The National Board also administers National Board Certification, a voluntary assessment program that certifies educators who meet those standards.

Website for a more broad understanding of the National Board.

Your Maryland Certification - one of the three requirements for National Board Certification is a MD state license. You can check your MSDE certification and print it yourself. Also, if you have questions for the Certification Unit they have lots of information.


About the National Board Process

Mission (from

To advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.


Highly accomplished teachers are essential to improving schools. The National Board Process is unlike any other professional development experience in MCPS. It takes “The Skillful Teacher” to the next level where she can demonstrate that they have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

This voluntary, teacher driven professional growth experience:

  • Raises the level of rigor while improving student achievement.
  • Promotes intense synthesis, analysis and reflection of one’s own teaching and learning as related to specific teaching standards.
  • Uses current student data and interactions to improve student learning.
  • Promotes and develops more focused, purposeful teaching through a highly effective standards process.
  • Creates opportunities for all teachers to teach more effectively.
  • Engages parents and the community in deliberate and purposeful interactions.
  • Facilitates data analysis of students needs and identifies focused areas for improvement.
  • Reaffirms teaching strategies.
  • Quality Candidate Support enhances the level of rigor and reflection of the National Board process and decreases attrition rate.