Cannon-Clary College of Education
National Board Certification
Why should I become National Board Certified?
- Being an NBCT has financial benefits. In Arkansas, NBCTs receive a yearly retention bonus of $5,000 from the Arkansas Department of Education. Many school districts pay an additional retention bonus.
- You can advance student achievement rates as noted in numerous studies which have shown that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outperform students of non-NBCTs on achievement tests.
- You will join more than 100,000 NBCTs that represent most subject areas and developmental levels (K-12).
What is Harding's National Board Certification Program?
The National Board Certification Program at Harding University is designed as a Candidate Support System to help you navigate the sometimes daunting and confusing world of National Board Certification. The National Board graduate classes combine face-to-face meetings supplemented with National Board supported activities.
Harding University National Board candidates have a 1st year achievement rate of 55%, compared to the state 1st year achievement rate of 33% and national 1st year achievement rate of 40%. By the 3rd year of candidacy, Harding University National Board candidates achieve at a 80.2% rate compared to a 65% national rate.
"I feel that the education I received from the National Board program at Harding educated me in the process of how to achieve National Board Certification. The program really helped me understand what the standards meant and how to show strong student evidence. Through deep discussions and class participation I feel that I not only achieved certification, but became a much stronger teacher in the process."
Lisa Taylor, NBCT
What courses are required?
Our program consists of the following two courses that rigorously prepare you for National Board Certification:
Advance the quality of teaching and learning through the National Board Certification process for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Emphasis placed on the NBPTS five core propositions, NBPTS certificate specific standards, the mission of NBPTS and attributes of exemplary teachers.
EDFD 646 - Candidacy toward National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (3 hrs)
Scaffolding and completion of the National Board Certification process including the assessment process, the portfolio entries and the assessment center exercises. Emphasis placed on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and five core propositions including knowledge, skills, dispositions and commitment of National Board teachers. Can be taken twice. (Note: EDFD 646 begins in October with 0 credit hours and rolls over to the spring term with 3 credit hours. The course is usually completed in May.)
These courses can also be taken as part of our Master of Arts: Excellence in Teaching degree or other approved Master programs.
Are there any scholarships or tuition reimbursements available for this program?
Harding offers a 40% tuition scholarship for current educators enrolled in graduate courses.
Arkansas Department of Higher Education also offers tuition reimbursement for up to 6 graduate hours per year through the Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP).
Where can I find more information about National Board?
Who do I contact?
Dr. Clara Carroll, NBCT, Associate Dean
Laura Hoffmann, Assistant, National Board Certification Program