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NBPTS Study Guide

The National Board Certification Exam offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) qualifies successful candidates as knowledgeable and able to teach in a number of subject and developmental areas.

In order to take the NBPTS a candidate must first meet the eligibility requirements set by the NBPTS.

* The candidates must have a bachelor’s degree
* Have three years of teaching or counseling experience
* Candidate must have a valid teaching license at the time of applying

The NBPTS charges a $65 non-refundable application fee that helps them offset costs of those who either do not qualify or never go on to take the full certification process. The National Board Certification costs $2,500 with a $500 due upfront. The balance is due prior to testing. The certification lasts for a period of ten years. Once the certification has expired the candidate will need to pay to have it reinstated.

Currently the National Board offers 25 certificate areas. The twenty five certificate areas fall under the five core propositions. For the most part, the exams focus on the age level and development of the students and the subject matter. Candidates can choose whether they have a specific subject exam or a generalized one. Each candidate will need to make the call on which subject or generalized exam they take. This should be done by studying the Standards behind each exam. The certifications include subjects like Art, English as a Second Language, General, Health Education, Math, Music, Physical Education, and more.

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