National Board Seminars

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The National Board Certification Preparation program
is not being offered at this time. 

A Partner in Professional Development

National Board Certification is one of the most highly-recognized teaching credentials in the nation.  Educators who have completed National Board Certification are shown to have a substantially strengthened teaching practice, significantly increasing student success, and demonstrating a strong committment to professional excellence within their schools.  Additionally, NBCTs have higher salary potential and are frequently recruited into leadership positions.

The National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) program at UW Bothell is a 10-month support program designed to guide teachers through the rigorous NBCT process.  At UW Bothell, NBCT candidates will complete a foundational course, followed by an integrative seminar focused on critical thinking, reflection, and peer writing groups. Seminars are facilitated by a National Board Certified Teacher/OSPI trained Facilitator.

Program benefits

  • Comprehensive support on all components of certification in one year
  • Regular feedback on products from peers and experienced NBCT
  • Small cohort experience with low instructor-to-candidate ratio
  • Conversations informed by the latest research
  • A space for intentional reflection
  • Receive up to 48 clock hours for participating in all seminars

Program structure

Foundational Seminar

Support seminars begin with attending a NBCT foundational session provided by the Washington Education Association (WEA).

Jump Start is offered in several locations across the State.  This 4-day seminar introduces you to the philosophy, background and expectations required to certify to be a National Board Certified Teacher. During that time, you will dig into 4 required components and Assessment Center exercises and have time to collaborate with other candidates and current NBCTs.

UW Bothell Support Seminars

The UW Bothell NBCT Support seminars are organized around each of the four required National Board Assessment Components.  In all seminars, you will explore deeply the the philosophy of accomplished teachers, always basing teaching and learning on the Five Core Propositions, the Standards of your certification area and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching.

Component 1:

C1 support focuses on study skills in Candidate’s content area and dissecting sample constructed written responses in preparation for the Assessment Center. 

Component 2:

C2 support focuses on the written portfolio requiring candidates to gather and analyze information about individual students’ strength and needs and use that information to design and implement instruction to advance student learning and achievement.

Component 3:

C3 support focuses on the written classroom-based portfolio requiring video recordings of interactions between the candidate and their students.  C3 also requires a written commentary in which the teacher describes, analyzes and reflects on teaching and interactions with students.

Component 4:

C4 support focuses on the written portfolio requiring candidates to demonstrate evidence of their abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner in developing and applying knowledge of students, assessments and collaboration to advance student learning.

Fees & funding

Total cost for the UWB National Board Certification Program is $2,000.  

Candidates are responsible for the separate cost of the National Board Certification assessment, currently $475 per component. More information can be found on the NBCT webpage

How to Enroll 

If you're interested in joining a cohort to begin Summer, 2020, please complete the the inquiry form linked below. An advisor will notify you when enrollment is open.  

Submit an inquiry

Additional resources 


  • Less than one year
  • Meets regularly August through May 
  • Receive up to 48 clock hours for participation in seminars
  • Guides candidates through all four components
  • Incorporates latest research on teaching and learning
  • Low student to instructor ratio for personalized feedback
  • $2,000 program cost covers all required materials (excluding NBCT fees)

Need more Information?


The National Board Certification Preparation program is not being offered at this time.  You may complete the inquiry form below if you would like to be notified of program updates. 


Submit an inquiry


Michele Graaff
Graduate Program Advisor