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What are the NBPTS Core Propositions?

Instructor: Melinda Santos
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) defines five core propositions that reflect the skills and commitment expected of Board-certified educators. Read on to find out what these expectations are and how to obtain NBPTS certification.

NBPTS Five Core Propositions

When the NBPTS was first organized in 1987, it established a policy to develop and advance the standards expected of educators across the nation. The National Board considers five specific core propositions to be of utmost importance in the teaching profession. These propositions are meticulously outlined and explained in the Board's What Teachers Should Know And Be Able To Do policy statement and cover the areas detailed below. You can also review some of the concepts featured in each proposition using the links provided.

1. Dedication to Student Learning

  • Educators should make learning and knowledge accessible while acknowledging learning differences and understanding the stages of development. They must also recognize the factors that motivate and/or effect student learning and focus on developing character and civic responsibility.

2. Advanced Knowledge and Pedagogy in Subject Area and Instruction

  • Effective teachers must demonstrate mastery in the subjects they teach using an experienced skill-set and by employing diverse instructional strategies. They should understand the importance, structure and applications of those subjects.

3. Management and Assessment of Student Learning

  • Instructors should be versed in a variety of teaching techniques and implement them appropriately to encourage and maintain student motivation and focus. They should structure curriculum to meet educational goals and exhibit efficient classroom management. Knowledge and use of appropriate progress assessments should be used to measure growth and performance of individuals and the larger group.

4. Reflection on Experiences and Application of Effective Practices

  • Self-assessment and examination of knowledge, educational practice and teaching strategies must be frequently conducted among effective educators. Interest in expanding their skill-set and staying current with educational theories and issues is also necessary.

5. Partnership Development and Collaboration with Others

  • Teachers need to collaborate and create partnerships with other educators in an effort to enhance both teacher and student learning. Active involvement in the development of instructional curriculum and policy is crucial to meeting state learning standards. Teachers must also know how to effectively encourage parent and community participation in school-related matters.

Proposition Applications

Each of the five core propositions are used to develop the National Board Standards assessed on the NBPTS certification exams. Obtaining National Board Certification in one or more of the 25 certificate areas offered reflects a teacher's advanced knowledge in that subject matter and high-level of expertise in the teaching profession.

Obtaining NBPTS Certification

In order to obtain NBPTS certification, you must complete the steps outlined below. Check out this NBPTS Math study guide to get a better understanding of the Content Knowledge component of the exam.

  • Meet Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree and a current state teaching or counseling license, along with three years of teaching or school counseling experience.
  • Register for Exam(s): Applicants must follow the registration steps on the www.boardcertifiedteachers.org website, which include submitting proof of meeting eligibility requirements, selecting certification component exams and paying applicable fees.
  • Complete Certification Assessments: After selecting one of the 25 certification areas, applicants must take the computer-based Content Knowledge component at a designated testing center. Next, he or she must electronically submit the portfolio entries specified for components 2-4 using the instructions provided during registration.
  • Obtain Score & Certification: Scores for all components are released through the applicant's online account no later than December 31. The specific rubric used for scoring will be provided in the instructional information for each component. The score report will include scores for each component the candidate completed, along with additional information to help determine if he or she should retake any of the components or not. Further instructions for obtaining the NBPTS certified accreditation will also be provided.

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