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Tucson, AZ 85716
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National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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.

While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documentation of the impact of assessment and collaboration on student learning. 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.

Tucson Unified has developed an extensive network of candidate support for teachers. Candidates can expect mentoring from a team of highly trained experienced National Board Certified Teachers, small group support meetings, and professional development designed to prepare candidates for component submission. We offer fall and spring pre-candidacy courses that will prepare you for the journey ahead as well as ensure your eligibility We are here to support you from pre-candidacy through certification.

To learn more about certification and support available through Tucson Unified please view the online informational meeting on TrueNorthLogic. #12658 National Board Certification Informational Meeting

Additional information about Tucson Unified support and course offerings please email

Additional information may be obtained from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards web site

Tucson Unified National Board Certification Brochure (in PDF)

Tucson Unified National Board Certified Teachers (in PDF)


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