National Board Certification

Educators who would like to learn a little bit more about what National Board is about or start to get ready for applying for a National Board Certification would benefit from these opportunities. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) reimburses teachers for their initial NBCT costs as well as their renewal expenses.

Current Opportunities:

National Board Certification Information Sessions for BIPOC and Early Career OEA members!

Have you ever wondered what was involved in pursuing National Board Certification, why you might want to do it at all, what supports are out there to help you to successfully complete it and where the money is going to come from? OEA members who are either BIPOC or early career (3-5 years) now have an opportunity to have most of the costs paid for through an NEA grant, get a Jump Start in the process, as well as on-going support and 1-1 coaching! WOW! Participate in either of these online information sessions to find out more. Get answers to your specific questions from Oregon National Board Teachers helping to lead this work!

  • BIPOC Information Session Wednesday, April 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • ECE Information Session Thursday, April 8, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Registration is open!

2021 OEA National Board Jump Start Seminars

OEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to
collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment led by Oregon and Washington National Board Certified Teachers.

  • Virtual option 1: June 28-July 2, 2021
  • Virtual option 2: July 26-30, 2021
  • In-person in Bend (tentative): August 16-19

Cost: $50 for OEA Members only. Registration coming soon!


Past Opportunities

Know Your Students: Teachers know about the students they instruct in order to respond to individual student learning differences and provide every student with a high quality educational setting. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit.

Knowing Your Content & How to Teach It to Students: Educator possesses a firm command of their subject area(s), understands factual information as well as major themes, and has the pedagogical insight to communicate their subject knowledge and impact student learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit.

Managing & Monitoring Student Learning: Educator works collaboratively with their students to plan instruction, motivate and challenge students during instruction, and monitor student learning over time. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

Thinking Systematically About Your Practice: Educator expands their repertoire and deepens their pedagogical content knowledge to remain inventive and welcoming to new findings that extend their professional learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

NBCT Informational Meetings with OEA NBCTs: On May 5th, 13th, and 21st, get all of your NBCT questions answered, such as:

  • What does my district offer?
  • How do I get started?
  • Can I get reimbursed?

See the calendar page for details and registration.

NBCT Informational Meetings with OEA NBCTs: Get all of your NBCT questions answered, such as:

  • What does my district offer?
  • How do I get started?
  • Can I get reimbursed?
    • June 15, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
    • June 29, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Teachers are Members of Learning Communities: Educator works collaboratively with colleagues, families, and the community to support students and their learning. Opportunity earn a micro-credential, up to 26 PDUs, and 1 graduate credit. Best suited for teachers.

  • April 27-June 5, 2020

Most participation is asynchronous, at your own convenience, during the six weeks. Optional live sessions are held once a week. The recordings of those sessions are available for viewing for those who can't make the live session.

Click here to learn more about micro-credentials.

NBCT Jump Start Seminar Series Summer 2020:

OEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment led by Oregon and Washington National Board Certified Teachers. This summer, Jump Start will take place fully online!

OEA Jump Start Seminar Cost:
There are six seminar modules that complete the full suite of the Jump Start Seminar series. OEA highly recommends that you complete the entire full suite in the series. (TSPC reimbursement for the cost of the Jump Start Seminar and participation in the OEA NBC Opportunity Grant require completion of a full suite of modules.). Participants will receive 30 PDUs for completing a full suite of modules. Cost- $50 for the full series (OEA members only)

Required entry into course series: Foundations 1 course. Then, select as many of the remaining 5 modules (C1, C2,C3,C4, Foundations 2) as you like for the flat $50 fee.

Seminar Schedule:

  • Foundations 1 (Introduction to National Board Standards, getting organized) REQUIRED - July 27 (8:30 a.m.-noon) OR August 10 (8:30 a.m.-noon)
  • Component 1 (Content Knowledge) - August 13 (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Component 2 (Differentiation in Instruction) - July 27 (1:00-4:30 p.m.) OR August 10 (1:00-4:30 p.m.)
  • Component 3 (Teaching Practice and Learning Environment) - August 11 (8:30 a.m.-noon)
  • Component 4 (Effective and Reflective Practitioner) - August 13 (8:30 a.m.- noon)
  • Foundations 2 (National Board Mapping, like certificate area meetings with NBCTs) - July 31 (8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. w/lunch break) OR August 14 (8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., w/ lunch break)

Maintenance of Certification: If you are interested in renewing your National Board Certification, find out all about the new, easier process and get support getting it done. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is implementing a new, 5 year “Maintenance of Certification” (MOC) starting in the 2020-21 candidate cycle. The 5-year MOC replaces the 10-year Renewal option. You can read more about the MOC at the NBPTS website.

Washington Education Association will offer two, three-hour virtual MOC training options for candidates: MOC 1 (Overview) and MOC 2 (Application). MOC 1 provides foundational information all candidates will find relevant; MOC 2 is an optional, but encouraged, follow-up to MOC 1. It is focused on deeper review of your PGE’s and provides time for pre-planning to meet requirements.

Maintenance of Certification Virtual Jump Start: Part 1 (Overview). WEA's National Board Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Jump Start is a training that provides key information to NBCTs planning to undertake the new MOC. This training helps candidates consider their growth and experiences since becoming a NBCT and how to relate this to the MOC requirements. NBCTs with certificates expiring in 2021 and 2022 will find this training most relevant. Enter OEA when it asks for WEA membership info.
[3 clock hours for training time; 1 clock hour for preparation]

  • Saturday, October 3rd (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, October 7th (4-7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 10th (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Maintenance of Certification Virtual Jump Start: Part 2 (Application). Enter OEA when it asks for WEA membership info. [3 clock hours for training time; 1 clock hour for preparation]

  • Saturday, October 17th (9am-Noon)
  • Wednesday, October 21st (4-7pm)
  • Saturday, October 24th (9am-Noon)

We hope to see you online at an MOC Jump Start event! To see the latest COVID-19 guidance from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), please check out this link.