National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

  • Program Overview

    Teachers pursuing the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Gannon University may simultaneously prepare for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification.

     Gannon University hosts one of four Pennsylvania Centers for Teaching Excellence, each of which supports teachers and counselors who are pursuing National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Gannon University’s M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is aligned with the National Board Professional Teacher Certification Standards. Gannon is one of four Centers of Teaching Excellence in Pennsylvania that supports teachers who are preparing for National Board Certification.The core courses in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction provide a strong foundation for the pedagogical, curricular, analytical and reflective skills needed for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.

    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Pathway provides support and guided learning for National Board candidates in preparing their portfolio entries, and studying for their certificate area examinations.

    Students who wish to pursue National Board Certification as part of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction must talk to the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence as part of the admission and advising process so that they can take the proper course sequence and meet all program requirements.

    Students must be in at least the spring of their third year of full time teaching before they take the first NBPTS Pathway course. Teachers are eligible for formal application and admission to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards after completing their third year of teaching. All requirements of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification, including successful submission of the portfolio and passing the certificate area examinations, must be met in order to attain National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Successful completion of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction NBPTS Pathway does not guarantee National Board Certification. 

    Program Options

    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification