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National Board Certification

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

National Board Certification

OEA has a robust program to support members interested in pursuing National Board Certification through the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. The National Board journey includes professional learning, deep reflection on your current practice, and action research to improve your classroom practices that result in a nationally recognized certification.

Many school districts in Oregon also provide an annual salary stipend or a higher placement on the salary schedule for educators who earn this certification. National Board Certification is also a path for Oregon educators to move from a preliminary license to a professional license.

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NBCT Upcoming Events

NBCT Informational Meetings

Do you have questions about National Board Certification?

  • How does Oregon support candidates?
  • How do I get started?

Attend an informational meeting to:

  • Learn about the new National Board process ($1900 spread across 1-3 years)
  • Learn about developing your area of expertise
  • Explore new support programs such as OEA's Jump Start and on-going candidate cohort support
  • Learn about stipends, graduate credits and loans
  • Plan to launch your journey starting this summer

Upcoming Meetings:

May 7, 2024

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May 16, 2024

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May 22, 2024

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June 6, 2024

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National Board's Five Core Propositions

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

Summer 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.

OEA Jump Start Seminar Schedule

  • WEA Virtual Training: June 24-28
  • WEA Virtual Training: July 29-Aug 2

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OEA Jump Start Seminar Requirements

OEA Jump Start is only available to OEA Members.

There are six seminar modules that complete the full suite of the Jump Start Seminar series. You must complete the full suite of modules. Foundation 1 module is required before you can participate in the following modules (1, 2, 3, 4, Foundation 2). Participants will receive 30 PDUs for completing a full suite of modules.

National Board Candidate Virtual Cohort Support

Cascade Educational Consulting Services provides National Board cohort support for teachers pursuing National Board Certification, via both in-person and virtual trainings. Visit their site to view upcoming virtual training opportunities.


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).