National Board Pre-Candidacy Support for Teachers

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Becoming National Board certified is a journey that BloomBoard would like to help you successfully complete! Our pre-candidacy support program is a micro-credential-based program that enables teachers to focus on improving their instructional practices while preparing for certification, all within their own classrooms. Teachers can defer the cost of the pre-candidacy micro-credentials and component assessments until after their pay increase would typically take effect.

Learn more about how BloomBoard can support you in earning National Board Certification!

National Board Pre-Candidacy Support Program


BloomBoard’s micro-credential based program enables educators to focus on improving their instructional practice and preparing for a successful National Board Certification journey, all while deferring the cost of certification until after their pay increase would typically take effect.

Program Overview
Learn more about BloomBoard’s micro-credential based Pre-candidacy Support Program and how it works.

Incentives
Learn more about the incentives your state offers to those who have earned National Board Certification.

Program Benefits
Learn about the benefits of the program and why teachers across the U.S. are taking advantage of the program.

Get Started Now
Speak with one of our National Board counselors to learn how you can get started on your journey to earning certification.

Program Overview


BloomBoard has developed a micro-credential-based program that enables educators to prove proficiency in specific practice areas that will prepare them for successful completion of the National Board certification process.

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The program consists of three micro-credentials that focus on competencies that will be utilized when developing the portfolio in the National Board component areas. Throughout the pre-candidacy program and the candidacy process, participants will have access to a personal NBCT coach who has been trained in cognitive coaching strategies.

Cost of the program includes:

  • Pre-candidacy micro-credential program
  • Coaching from a National Board Certified educator
  • Access to the National Board ATLAS video library
  • Price of National Board Certification (registration fee plus submissions for each of the four components and any resubmissions, if necessary). This cost can be financed, which removes the upfront financial barrier of earning National Board Certification until the candidate should receive any compensation increase or stipend.

Incentives


Many states have meaningful financial incentives such as increased compensation in the form of salary and stipends, as well as credits toward advanced certification, licensure, and endorsements for successful completion of the National Board Certification.

“I feel like I could do 95% of the National Board certification process on my own now – this was not how I started though; this is a testament to the intentionality behind BloomBoard’s National Board Pre-candidacy Support Program.”

Fernanda Pierre

8th Grade Algebra Teacher, Spring Branch Independent School District

Benefits


BloomBoard offers a number of supports to help you successfully earn National Board Certification. In addition, financing options are available ot help you defer costs until your pay increase would typically take effect. 

Career Pathway Counselor

Competency-Based Learning

Engage in a series of micro-credentials focused on competencies that will be utilized when developing the portfolio in all National Board certification areas.

Video Coaching

Virtual 1:1 Coaching

Connect with existing National Board Certified Teachers through virtual, video-based coaching as you work towards completing the micro-credentials and certification.

Recommended Learning Resources

Access to Exemplars

Get access to exemplar video content from the National Board ATLAS video library. Videos have been selected from successful submissions and are embedded in the micro-credential framework.

Flexible Payment Options

Deferred Financing Options

Bundle the cost of the pre-candidacy program with the National Board candidacy process. The total cost can be paid upfront or you can take advantage of flexible financing options.

Talk with an Expert

To learn more about the program and micro-endorsements available, fill out this form below and you will receive an email with additional details on scheduling a meeting.