M.Ed. Completion Dossier Application Product Options

1. Definition of this Option

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) provides a voluntary certification process for experienced classroom teachers.  While state licensing systems set basic requirements for teachers, the National Board gives teachers the opportunity to demonstrate advanced practice.  The process is available to teachers who have completed at least three full years of teaching and takes most of a year to complete.  NBPTS currently includes 24 certification areas.  To become certified as "accomplished" by the NBPTS, teachers (who are called candidates) submit a series of portfolio entries in which they present and reflect on their practice against standards specific to their area and which are based on the Board's core propositions:

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

In addition to submitting portfolio entries, the National Board process includes an on-demand test at an assessment center. Candidates who do not certify may "bank" passing scores and re-submit portfolio entries and/or re-take assessments the following year.

To use the National Board Portfolio as the application product in the M.Ed. Completion Dossier, each student will submit a complete draft of the National Board portfolio (all four required entries) to the UWB faculty National Board facilitator four weeks before the end of winter quarter.  Since a complete portfolio is not due to the National Board until March 31, it is understood that this will be a portfolio-in-progress.  The portfolio draft will not be assessed according to National Board standards, but will be used as one piece of evidence to demonstrate the student’s proficiency in the five Education Program standards.  Recognizing the confidentiality of the National Board portfolio, the portfolio draft will only be read by the faculty reviewers and will be returned to the student when it has been evaluated.

2. Eligibility and Approval

UW Bothell students must complete all three M.Ed. core courses (BEDUC 501, 502, 504) and a minimum of 30 credits before the autumn quarter of their candidacy year.  They must also have completed three full years of classroom teaching in order to be eligible for National Board Certification.   Autumn and winter registration in BEDUC 595 Professional Portfolio, completion and submission of a portfolio to the National Board, and exemplary participation in the portfolio process/candidate support group is required for graduation. 

3. Timelines

UW Bothell students must complete 30 or more credits (and all three core courses) and register with the National Board before the autumn quarter of their candidacy year.   During winter/spring of the pre-candidate year it is strongly recommended that National Board candidates apply for the state interest-free loan and register for Jumpstart training through the Washington Education Association.   During this time they should also notify the UWB faculty National Board facilitator leading the UWB cohort of their intention to pursue the NBPTS certification.

4. Course Registration Requirements

Autumn and winter registration in BEDUC 595 Professional Portfolio, completion of a NBPTS portfolio and exemplary participation in the portfolio process/candidate support group is required for all students who use the NBPTS portfolio as their application product. BEDUC 595 serves as a candidate support group during the autumn and winter quarters.  This group meets at least four hours a month to build an understanding of the standards and portfolio requirements, engage in problem-solving discussions around teaching and learning, and critique one another's work. The candidate support group is facilitated by a member of the UW Bothell faculty and a National Board Certified teacher.  It includes teachers from surrounding districts as well as teachers from UW Bothell. Candidates in the support group also attend four Saturday morning workshops which provide an opportunity for Puget Sound teachers from different regions to meet together by certificate areas.

5. Assessment of the NBTPS Portfolio as an Application Product

Review of the four NBPTS portfolio entries as a part of the Completion Dossier for the UWB M.Ed. degree is independent of assessment for the portfolio for NBPTS Certification.  As noted in the rubric above, assessment as a part of the completion dossier is guided by the Education program goals as these are elaborated in the rubric for completion dossiers.  The completion dossier is evaluated as a whole and does not include a separate assessment of the Professional Certification Portfolio.  NBPTS certification is not a requirement for the completion dossier or for graduation.

Incorporates Faculty Decisions through 3/3/11