National Board certification is the highest mark of professional accomplishment in teaching. It allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Furthermore, NBCTs are recognized across the nation because they’ve met the highest standards set by the profession. School and district administrators often look for NBCTs when making hiring decisions and identifying educators to serve as leaders in their schools.
Pursuing Board certification has many other benefits, including the opportunity to become part of a larger network of accomplished teachers shaping the profession as well as a $5,000 stipend payable by the state of Arkansas for 10 years. During the process, candidates reflect on best practices and find immediate classroom applications of what they’ve learned.
The University of Central Arkansas recognizes this need for more National Board Certified Teachers in our classrooms. We currently offer a yearly Candidate Support Site mentoring and coaching teachers through the National Board process.
Now, UCA will be offering a Pre-Candidacy Course during the Summer II session. This course will prepare teachers to embark upon National Board Certification by preparing them to know the standards, get organized, and differentiate between the types of writing required for certification. We would love to have you join us in our Pre-Candidacy Course. Please see the attached flyer for more information.