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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

Oregon's NBCT Leadership Symposium

Nov. 4, 2023
8:30-3:30 p.m.
Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond OR

When students feel a sense of belonging, they achieve. Come learn alongside NBCTs and Summer Snyder, consultant for Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity with special comments and inspiraton by Peggy Brookins, President & CEO of NBPTS.

Learn More

Register Here 

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
  • Learn about developing your area of expertise
  • Explore new support programs such as OEA’s Jumpstart and ongoing candidate cohort support
  • Learn about other incentives and graduate credits

No informational meetings are currently scheduled at this time. Please reach out to OEA's Center for Great Public Schools for updates.

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.

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).