Marshall University Offers National Board Certification Training, Support Program

May 22, 2001

Marshall University Graduate College is sponsoring a year-long training and support program for teachers committed to achieving National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.  

The program begins with a summer institute June 26-28 and concludes with the submission of materials for review by the National Board in late Spring 2002. There is a $75 fee for the course. For more information about this course, contact the Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston by calling 800-642-9842, ext. 2030.  

"NBPTS certification is significant because teachers not only have to prove they know their subject matter, but they must also provide evidence they know how to teach their subjects to students most effectively,” said State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart. “This is a rigorous performance-based assessment that requires almost a year to complete. Teachers who receive the national certification are clearly among America’s best at their profession.”  

Eighteen of West Virginia’s 23 teachers who have earned National Board Certification are employed in Wood County, where the school system offers a yearly $3,500 financial award to teachers holding the national certification.  

“Across the nation, school districts and states have put in place various types of incentives to support and encourage teachers to meet the strenuous standards adopted for this national certification,” Dr. Stewart noted. “West Virginia offers financial incentives –- including reimbursement of expenses. In addition, the Legislature recently increased the annual financial salary supplement to $2,500 for teachers earning this certification.”  

Counties offering incentives include: Cabell County, which offers $2,000 in additional salary for each of the 10 years the certificate is valid; Putnam County, which offers $2,000 more each year for the first five years and $4,000 for the second five years of the certification; Wayne County, which provides certified teachers with access to high-tech equipment, three days of professional leave time and an annual salary supplement of $5,000 for 10 years; and Harrison County, which recently added a $1,500 salary supplement for certified teachers. Other counties are exploring salary incentives.  

Founded in 1987, the NBPTS is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization. Its mission is to establish high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.  

Application information may be obtained by calling the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation, at 1-800-982-2378 or (304) 558-7010.  

Please note: Teacher are not required to participate in the Marshall University program in order to obtain the NBPTS certification.  

Sources of story: Cabell County Schools press release and the West Virginia Department of Education

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