National Board Certification Graduate Certificate

Now accepting applications for the fall semester! Courses are open to any graduate student in the Cato College of Education.

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"National Board Certification is widely regarded as the highest recognition a teacher can earn; however, it is much more than a means of identifying good teachers. Candidates define the process as the most comprehensive professional development of their careers."   - American Council on Education

 North Carolina teachers who are National Board Certified are placed on a salary schedule 12% above base pay!

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in National Board Certification (NBC) is a 12 credit hour program designed for those interested in pursuing National Board Certification. The program is offered 100% online and can be completed in two semesters. The required courses are closely aligned with the four components required of National Board Certification.   

What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification, offered by the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a way to recognize the accomplished teaching that is occurring in North Carolina's classrooms. The certification process is based on high and rigorous standards that evaluate teaching practice through performance-based assessments; the ultimate result is improved performance and achievement for students.

Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in National Board Certification at UNC Charlotte?

National Board Certification is valued in the state of North Carolina and many other states as an effective professional development experience for educators. Those who earn certification are rewarded with a 12% pay increase in the state of North Carolina. Other states offer similar benefits. The Graduate Certificate in National Board Certification provides teachers with a deep look at the history of NBC and the research behind it while offering intense preparation for reflective analysis of their instructional design and methods and practice preparing for the various components of the NBC process. Offered as a 100% online program that offers convenience and flexibility for educators, this program provides intense preparation for pursuing and completion the National Board Certification process.

Who is this program for?

Any current teacher interested in the National Board Certification process! The assignments for courses within the plan of study for this certificate will require reflection and work related to a classroom setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

·           Candidates are able to demonstrate and apply content knowledge and skills specific to their content area or discipline.

·           Candidate use domain-specific research and evidence to demonstrate leadership in developing high quality learning environments.

·           Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, advocacy, and commitment to create supportive environments that afford all P‐ 12 students access to rigorous and relevant curriculum specific to their learning needs.

·           Candidates apply technology standards to design, implement and assess learning experiences/environments to engage children/students, improve learning, and enrich professional practice.

Course Listings

EDUC 6310: Contemporary Issues and Practices of National Board Certification (3)

This course will provide students an overview of contemporary issues and practices of National Board Certification through the investigation of current research, certification area standards, core propositions and the process for achieving certification.

EDUC 6320: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction for National Board Certification (3)

This course will prepare students for planning and delivering effective instruction for completion of National Board Certification. An overview of standards, research-based instructional strategies, and assessment techniques will be provided.

EDUC 6330: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment for National Board Certification (3)

This course will prepare students for evaluating and implementing research-based pedagogical practices. Students will investigate teaching practice and the learning environment related to National Board Certification. An overview of standards, research-based pedagogical practices, and video analysis will be provided.

EDUC 6340: Becoming an Effective and Reflective Practitioner for National Board Certification (3)

This course will prepare students for evaluating and implementing research-based leadership/learner, community outreach and family/parent outreach opportunities related to National Board Certification. An overview of current research will be provided.


Questions?

Dr. Teresa Petty
tmpetty@uncc.edu
704-687-0995

 Dr. Amy Good
Agood5@uncc.edu
704-687-8624