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Candidate Center

Whether you are learning about the National Board process as a Take One! candidate, on your path toward becoming a National Board Certified Teacher or renewing your certification, the Candidate Center will guide you through the process.

National Board Candidates
National Board Certification is designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. While teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated advanced knowledge, skills, and practices required of an accomplished education professional. Study this section to learn about the requirements and process for seeking National Board Certification.

Take One! Candidates
As the National Board transitions to the revised certification process, Take One! will no longer be available for potential candidates. For more information on the revised certification process, click here.

Renewal Candidates
The process to renew an existing certificate requires NBCTs demonstrate how their professional practice remains consistent with the high and rigorous standards of their certificate area. Review the information in this section to learn more about the benefits of keeping your certificate active and begin your renewal journey.

Candidate Support
There are many tools and resources available for Take One!, National Board Certification and Renewal candidates. Access this section to read about support available through the National Board and from state and local stakeholders.