Micro-credential Program

National Board Pre-Candidacy Support Program for Districts

In partnership with a select group of top National Board Certified Teachers, BloomBoard has developed a micro-credential-based Pre-candidacy Program for schools and districts that want to provide their educators with the support they need to earn National Board certification. The program is specifically designed to help educators increase readiness and provide certified coaching support during their National Board candidacy while creating flexibility for the upfront financial commitment of both the Pre-candidacy program and the National Board Certification process itself.

Program Overview

BloomBoard has developed a micro-credential-based program that enables educators to prove proficiency in specific supporting competencies that will prepare them for successful National Board Certification candidacy.

The program consists of six micro-credentials (outlined below) focused 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 certified NBCT coach to support educators in their candidacy. BloomBoard has also aligned exemplar videos from National Board’s ATLAS video library to each micro-credential.

To ease the financial commitment for educators who want to earn National Board Certification, BloomBoard is offering flexible financing options that allow educators to bundle the cost of the pre-candidacy program and the entire candidacy process as well. This means the cost of the pre-candidacy program, the NBCT coaching, access to the National Board ATLAS video library, and the price of National Board certification (registration fee plus the cost of all four components) can be deferred until the candidate completes the candidacy process. As an added assurance for participants, the cost of the program also covers any necessary resubmissions that need to be made along their journey to certification.

Districts interested in providing this Pre-candidacy Support Program to their educators can work with BloomBoard to design customizable payment options.

Micro-credentials Included in the Program

The following micro-credentials are included in the National Board Pre-candidacy program:

Using Knowledge of Students to Inform Instruction


Analyzing Student Work Samples

Using Rubrics to Develop Analytical Writing


Utilizing Video as a Tool for Reflection


Analyzing Assessments in the Learning Cycles


Utilizing Self-Assessment for Professional Growth Planning


How Micro-credentials Work

A micro-credential is earned by demonstrating competence in a specific skill via a portfolio of evidence created through classroom practice. All micro-credentials are based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in four areas of instructional efficacy research including, cycles of inquiry, job-embedded supports, rigorously calibrated assessment, and portfolio-based learning.
Learn more about micro-credentials »

Additional Program Features

Competency-based Learning

Participants engage in a series of micro-credentials focused on the key practices essential to success in the National Board process.

Virtual 1:1 Coaching

Participants will receive real-time, video-based coaching from National Board Certified Teachers as they go through the pre-candidacy program and candidacy process.

Exemplar Video Resources

Participants will have access to exemplar video content from the National Board ATLAS video library. Videos are aligned to each micro-credential and available within the framework.

Deferred Financing Options

Participants can bundle the cost of the pre-candidacy program with the National Board candidacy process. The total cost can be paid upfront or educators can take advantage of financing options that allow them to defer payment until they complete the certification process.

Why Certify?

Studies show that National Board Certified Teachers stay in the classroom significantly longer and are more effective at advancing student learning than other teachers. Learn more about the evidence »

National Board was the most powerful learning experience that I've ever had because it asked me to put my practice up against a set of rigorous set of standards, identify what it was I was already doing in my practice that was great, and all things I could be doing in my practice to be even better.

Misha Freeman, National Board Certified Teacher

Bring the National Board Pre-Candidacy Support Program to Your Educators

Want to learn more about how this program can work at your district? Fill out this form and one of our regional district representatives will reach out to schedule a time to chat.

Frequently Asked Questions

For question related to BloomBoard’s National Board Pre-Candidacy Support Program and the enrollment process, read through the FAQ below.

Tell me more about BloomBoard

BloomBoard is the national leader in competency-based educator training and advancement using micro-credentials. They have partnered with your district to offer its educators an opportunity to meaningfully improve classroom practice while also accumulating skills and credit to achieve masters level distinction in both compensation and career advancement. The company works with hundreds of districts across the U.S. to implement competency-based professional learning programs.

Does the cost of the program include the cost of National Board Certification?

Yes, pricing includes the cost of the six micro-credentials in the pre-candidacy support program, access to a virtual NBCT coach, access to the National Board ATLAS video library, the National Board registration fees, and the cost of submissions for each of the four components. The price also includes the cost of any resubmissions, if necessary.

How do I enroll in the program?

To enroll as an individual participant, fill out the enrollment form at: https://bloomboard.com/program/national-board-pre/enroll

How long do I have to complete the micro-endorsement?

You can work through all the required micro-credentials in your selected micro-endorsements at your own pace. Your NBCT career pathway counselor can work with you to provide you with specific guidance and advice for continuing your progress.

How does the financing option work?

BloomBoard can provide financing to educators that will allow you to defer the costs of the program to align with the timing of your state or district-specific financial incentives (e.g. discounts, salary increases, etc.).

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

For all questions related to the pre-candidacy program, how it works, and how to enroll, please email BloomBoard at hello@bloomboard.com. For questions related to the National Board Certification process, visit nbpts.org.