To seek National Board Certification candidates must meet the following requirements prior to applying:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree
- Have completed three full years of teaching/counseling experience
- Possess a valid state teaching/counseling license for that period of time
National certification is available in a variety of areas based on the subject matter taught and student ages. An overview of each certificate area is available at the NBPTS site.
For each of the certificate areas, the NBPTS offers a performance-based assessment that takes approximately one year to complete. The assessment process includes two components:
- Candidates submit a portfolio comprised of three classroom-based entries, including two videos, to document the candidate’s teaching practice. The fourth portfolio entry documents the candidate’s work with students’ families and the community as well as work within a professional community.
- Candidates must make an assessment center appointment where they will respond to six prompts focused on content knowledge. Candidates are allowed up to 30 minutes to respond to each prompt.
Support for National Board Candidacy in Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools support their candidates through support sessions, technology drop-in sessions, teacher cohorts, and assigned MPS mentors. For more information, please contact Nicol Swimmer at email@example.com