National Board Certification

National Board Certification

“I started the NBC process because I saw it as a meaningful challenge, tying directly to the everyday work I was doing in my classroom. The process for achieving National Board Certification makes you truly reflect on your teaching practices. It taught me to continually question the why behind my instructional decisions.” Nicole Shaw, NBCT 2013 Cedar Rapids CSD

“The self-reflection is the most powerful part of this journey as I found I gained a deeper understanding of my teaching – what worked well, what needed to adjustment, how I evaluated learning and what the next steps were needed for students and myself.” Roberta Hass, NBCT 2007 MFL Mar Mac CSC

National Board Certification allows teachers to be recognized for their exceptional teaching practices. Good news! Iowa provides an incentive for educators who become National Board Certified Teachers. For information on how assistance if provided through the Iowa Code, check out the Iowa Department of Education website.

National Board Certification changed in 2016. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has created a series of informational videos, handouts and other information for you. For tips on how to navigate the NBPTS website, review this video.

Some FAQs:

What is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards?

An overview is available here.

Who is eligible for National Board Certification?

Eligibility and certification materials are available here.

What are the ISEA Academy courses that support National Board certification?

The ISEA Academy offers several courses to support educators who are interested in pursuing certification.

Who can I contact at the ISEA for more information on National Board certification?

Teaching and Learning Specialist Colleen Heinz is available at 515-471-8056 or via email at

National Board Update-COVID-19

As we are now transitioning our lives for our new reality due to COVID-19, we wanted to share the latest information. The National Board is working extra hard to be a professional resource for all teachers-National Board Certified Teachers, active candidates, and any other educators, too.

COVID-19 Updates (PDFs with more detailed information):

Deadline Extensions:

  • If you are completing Components 2, 3, and/or 4, we have extended the ePortfolio submission deadline to June 12. We will open the submission window on April 1 as planned.
  • If you are completing Component 1: Content Knowledge and have an appointment scheduled, no additional action is required of you at this time and you may test as planned. If your appointment was cancelled due to a testing site closure and you have been unable to schedule a new appointment or were unable to schedule an appointment prior to the site closures, we are working to provide additional testing capacity. Please continue to monitor emails for updates.

Option for Deferral:

We understand there are circumstances which may make it impossible for you to meet the extended deadline(s). Deferral options will be available for any candidate who needs one. More information about deferral options will be shared as soon as possible including how to take action if you need to request a deferral.

Registration for our next candidate cycle, which corresponds to the 2020-21 school year and was originally scheduled to open April 15, will be delayed. A revised date will be announced as soon as possible.

National Board’s Resources and Upcoming Webinar:

The National Board has created a dedicated page addressing the COVID-19 situation, highlighting recent announcements as well as virtual events, resources, and supports for teachers. The transition to virtual learning — including learning some of the many available tools — is a challenge. National Board is committed to providing support for this transition, especially in the context of the Board certification. See here for a full list of previous and upcoming webinars. Refer to the NB’s dedicated page for the latest information.


Join the Iowa NBCT Network
Iowa NBCTs and current candidates are eligible to join the Iowa NBCT Network for the opportunity to connect with other NBCTs from across the state. For more information, follow #IANBCTNetwork and contact Teaching and Learning Specialist Colleen Heinz at 515-471-8056 or via email at