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National Board Certification

National Board Certification allows teachers to be recognized for their exceptional teaching practices.

Iowa provides an incentive for educators who become National Board Certified Teachers.

For information on how assistance if provided through the Iowa Code, check out the Iowa Department of Education website.

National Board Certification changed in 2016. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has created a series of informational videos, handouts and other information for you. For tips on how to navigate the NBPTS website, review this video.

Some FAQs:

  • What is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards?

    • An overview is available here.

  • Who is eligible for National Board Certification?

    • Eligibility and certification materials are available here.

  • What are the ISEA Academy courses that support National Board certification?

  • Who can I contact at the ISEA for more information on National Board certification?

    • Teaching and Learning Specialist Colleen Heinz is available at 515-471-8056 or via email at [email protected]

National Board’s Resources and Upcoming Webinar:

The National Board has created a dedicated page addressing the COVID-19 situation, highlighting recent announcements as well as virtual events, resources, and supports for teachers. The transition to virtual learning — including learning some of the many available tools — is a challenge. National Board is committed to providing support for this transition, especially in the context of the Board certification. Click here for a full list of previous and upcoming webinars. Refer to the NB’s dedicated page for the latest information.

Join the Iowa NBCT Network:

Iowa NBCTs and current candidates are eligible to join the Iowa NBCT Network for the opportunity to connect with other NBCTs from across the state. For more information, follow #IANBCTNetwork and contact Teaching and Learning Specialist Colleen Heinz at 515-471-8056 or via email at [email protected]


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