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Professional Learning

National Board Jump Start

National Board Certification (NBC) is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure.

At a Glance

National Board Certification is based on professional standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The National Board certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process. NEA supports and promotes the national certification process as an important element of a comprehensive system to ensure teacher quality. We provide support to our state and local affiliates on National Board issues. We bring together National Board (NBPTS) staff and our state instructional issues staff regularly to discuss recruiting and supporting National Board candidates. We provide workshops for potential candidates -- such as the "Jump Start" program in Washington state -- where we demystify the NBC process, delve into the standards, and help our members understand the requirements.


  • National Board Certification


  • Explore the big ideas underlying the Standards of National Board Certification
  • Understand the field-specific knowledge and skills of accomplished teaching
  • Understand how the Five Core Propositions are realized in practice
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 22, 2020


Audience Role

  • Teacher

Session Length

3 days

Session Format


This is a program NEA makes available for affiliate use as a professional offering to educators. 

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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.