National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) program at Washington State University (WSU) offers peer collaboration, networking, and mentoring support to teachers across Washington who are interested in becoming National Board Certified.

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 WSU 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 (contact Debra Pastore for delivery in your area)
  • National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) led cohorts
  • Connection with NBCTs from each certificate area
  • A Candidate Orientation to introduce candidates to the National Board process
  • Flexible meeting schedule created locally to meet the needs of individual cohorts
  • Employs 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. WSU has recognized the need to provide a National Board support program for teachers not located close to a university who would otherwise invest many hours traveling to and from cohort meetings.

The online program will require three or four face-to-face meetings throughout the year. The online cohort has limited space. Please contact Debra Pastore, Director National Board Certification, College of Education, Washington State University 509-335-7475 or