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National Board Certification Preparation

The National Board Certification Preparation program must accompany the Master of Education in Leadership in Teaching and Learning program/core requirements.

What is National Board Certification?

Grounded in the National Board’s Five Core Propositions that describe what teachers should know and be able to do, the certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practice*. In all 25 certificate areas, candidates are required to complete four components: Content Knowledge, Differentiation in Instruction, Teaching Practice and Learning Environment, and Effective and Reflective Practitioner.

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What is National Board Certification?

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Class Type:
100% Online, 8-week courses 

Transfer Credits:
Transfer up to 40% of the degree total

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Application Deadline:


Why Certify?

National Board-Certified teachers prove their effectiveness in the classroom every day. Here are some reasons to become Board-Certified:

  • Students achieve more. Research shows students of Board-Certified teachers learn more than their peers without Board-Certified teachers. Board-Certified teachers are also found to have a greater positive impact on minority and low-income students.
  • Teachers’ efficacy improves. Obtaining the Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Schools with National Board Certified Teachers are categorized by exceptional teacher morale and retention and increased community involvement.
  • Board Certification opens doors. Board-certified teachers are recognized as experts. Therefore, they are often sought out for leadership positions in their schools and districts.*

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Benefits of Becoming Nationally Board Certified in Nebraska
  • Financial Incentives. Many local school districts and professional organizations recognize National Board Certification through local agreements.
  • State Recognition. The certificate is valid for ten years, beginning with the school year in which the Master Teacher status was achieved.
  • Leadership Opportunities. Board certification can enable teachers to take on leadership roles—such as mentoring, leading professional development efforts, and advocating for policy changes—that allow them to advance their careers while staying in the classroom.

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Meghan Christensen
Meghan Christensen

Enrollment Specialist
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Phone Number: 402-941-6079

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Curriculum & Learning Environment

Students complete 18 credits (6 courses) in a general core curriculum during the first year of coursework and an additional 18 credits (6 courses) within the chosen concentration in the second year. 

Core Year

In the first year of the program, students will focus on completing their core curriculum for the Master of Education in Leadership in Teaching and Learning program. Students will complete the following courses:

Area of Emphasis (18 Credits)

Certification Areas

Categories for comprehensive certification include the following areas:

National Board Certification Categories


To apply to the National Board Certification Preparation program, students must begin the process by filling out our online application and creating an account on our admissions portal.

Please complete the graduate application.

For more admissions information, visit our admissions page.

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Cost & Aid

We understand that the decision to earn a graduate-level endorsement represents a serious investment of time and money. The program offers an invaluable experience for practicing educators, and it is an investment that will provide significant returns for the rest of your teaching career. That said, there are plenty of ways to fund your higher education!

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