National Board Certification

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) program at Washington State University offers peer collaboration, networking and mentoring support to teachers across Washington.

Teachers who have completed the WSU NBPTS program have consistently exceeded the national and state certification rates. Historically, the national certification rate for first-time candidates has been roughly 39 percent, with the overall certification rate in the state of Washington approximately 48 percent. WSU’s most recent group of first-time candidates achieved a 70 percent certification rate.

Through the NBPTS program, teachers can opt for six graduate semester-credits that may be applied to an advanced degree, or 90 clock hours.

National Board Certification through WSU offers:

  • A minimum of 90 contact hours with facilitator(s)
  • Local delivery throughout the state
  • National Board Certified Teacher–led cohorts
  • Connection with NBCTs from each certificate area
  • Orientation to introduce candidates to the National Board process
  • Flexible meeting schedule created locally to meet the needs of individual cohorts
  • A program director with comprehensive NBPTS knowledge and experience

Online NBPTS support program

WSU offers an online NBPTS support program targeted toward teachers whose location prevents them from pursuing National Board Certification.

The online program will require three or four face-to-face meetings throughout the year. The online cohort has limited space.


For details about the program and delivery in specific areas, contact Debra Pastore, Director, National Board Certification, 509-335-7475 or dpastore@wsu.edu.