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National Board for Teacher Standards

  Curriculum - National Teaching Standards - Administration

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-8000 x2903
(562) 427-9076 Fax
National Board Coordinator

  Curriculum - National Teaching Standards - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-8000 x.2900
(562) 427-9076 Fax
Intermediate Account Assistant

Program Information

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification is the nation's only advanced teacher certification.

National Board Certification can offer license portability and can contribute to Continuing Education Units for educators across the state.

In LBUSD, National Board Certification can also provide higher salary potential. To qualify for candidacy, educators must hold a bachelor's degree, possess a valid state teaching license and have completed three full years of teaching or counseling experience.

Full or partial financial support is available for most district candidates to help pay the costs.

Currently, there are approximately 156 National Board Certified Teachers in LBUSD and over 4,500 in the state. For more information, visit, call 1-800-22TEACH or contact Ryan Ung at (562) 997-8000 x2903 or by e-mail at

Overview of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

All National Board for Professional Teaching Standards are based on five core propositions that define the skills, knowledge, dispositions and commitments that distinguish accomplished teaching.

  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

National Board Certification has four components: three portfolio entries (submitted online) and a computer-based assessment. If you decide to pursue National Board Certification, your first step is to know the standards in your chosen certificate area so that you will understand how they might be reflected in your classroom teaching. (A complete list of available certifications is available on the NBPTS website.

National Board Eligibility

In order to be eligible for participation in the National Board process, candidates must possess all of the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Valid Teaching Credential
  • Three years of successful classroom teaching experience as a regular contract teacher
  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in teaching knowledge and skills

Pre-Candidate Obligations

In order to be eligible for district support for the NBPTS, each pre-candidate will be required to complete the following:

  • Program application (complete with three letters of recommendation)
  • Participation in 18 hours of Pre-Candidacy professional development (which may be virtual this school year.
  • Completion of all assignments related to Pre-Candidacy program
  • Proof of Permanent Contract (verified by OCIPD through LYNX)

Advancement to Candidacy Following the pre-candidacy phase

Following the pre-candidacy phase, pre-candidates will submit Component 2 applications to the district’s Oversight Committee for National Board Certification. This committee will make the final decision about advancement to candidacy of all participants.

Candidates requesting funding assistance from LBUSD are required to participate in the pre-candidacy and candidacy program. You may pursue the National Board Certification without the assistance of LBUSD, however candidate fees will not be reimbursed. All candidates earning certification will be eligible for the salary increase, regardless of participation in the pre-candidacy/candidacy program.

Candidate Obligations

  • Participation in the district-sponsored Candidate Preparation Program
  • Completion of the portfolio entries required by the National Board
  • Completion of the Assessment Center Exercises as required by the National Board
  • Agreement to remain in the district for a period of two-years following completion of the National Board Process.

Payment of National Board Application Fees

There will be no cost to participants in the Pre-Candidacy program. Once accepted to the Candidate program, application fees must be submitted to the NBPTS by the appropriate deadlines. Candidates are responsible for payment of initial application fees (currently $550). Pending participation in the district’s candidacy program, the district will pay for the remaining application fees (approximately $2000). Upon completion of the portfolio and assessment center exercises, the district will reimburse the candidate for the $550 application fee.

If you are prepared to experience what it means to be recognized as an accomplished teacher, and can commit to all that is required, please complete this application with all attachments requested and return no later than 4:00 on Friday, November 13, 2020 to:

Ryan Ung
Program Specialist
Professional Development Center at the Teacher Resource Center
1399 East 32 nd Street, Signal Hill CA 90755

National Board Pre-Candidate Program Information and Application

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Department Info

Department Address
1515 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810

Department Phone
(562) 997-8169