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State Profile 2013 MD

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) is participating in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification program for the 2013-2014 school year!

National Board Certification offers teachers the opportunity to grow professionally and obtain the most prestigious credential in the teaching profession. NBCTS are recognized, honored, and rewarded for their knowledge, dedication, and hard work. NBPTS is an independent nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised primarily of classroom teachers. Its purpose is to improve student learning in America’s schools by developing a system of advanced, voluntary certification for teachers.

Eligibility for the program is established by the Maryland State Board of Education and includes the following:  a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a Certificate (Standard Professional Certificate or Advanced Professional Certificate) covering those three years in the state of Maryland.  All teachers who meet the minimum criteria are invited to submit an application.  Applications will be available through this website in the spring. 

Please contact Angela Reisler, NBCT, Lead Support Teacher at  or call 410-222-5082 for questions.

What Is National Board Certification?

All students deserve accomplished teachers who are equipped to prepare them for success in today's world. National Board Standards and National Board Certification give teachers and schools the tools to define and measure teaching excellence. Similar to certification in fields like medicine, National Board Certification is a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that ensures that Board-certified teachers have proven skills to advance student achievement. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. As part of this process, teachers must analyze their teaching context and students’ needs, submit videos of their teaching, and provide student work samples that demonstrate growth and achievement. The reflective analyses that they submit must demonstrate: 1) A strong command of content; 2) The ability to design appropriate learning experiences that advance student learning; 3) The use of assessments to inform instructional decision making; and 4) Partnerships with colleagues, parents and the community. Through this structured and iterative process, teachers expand and refine their content knowledge and pedagogy. The outcome is more powerful teaching that improves student achievement and reflects college and career readiness.

National Board Certified Teachers Lead the Profession

More than 100,000 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationwide advance student learning through excellence and leadership. Although they represent only a small fraction of the nation's teachers, NBCTs are the single largest identifiable group of accomplished practitioners, and they have had an outsized impact on improving public education.

NBCTs are working in the areas where they are needed most. Nationwide, nearly half of all NBCTs work in high-need schools. Since 2005, more than a third of all winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching have been NBCTs. In their states and districts, NBCTs are serving as mentors and instructional coaches to their colleagues and in other teacher leadership roles. And NBCTs are working together to actively shape educational policies and practices at the local, state and national levels.

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.

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.

For more information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, please visit