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COVID-19 Impact on National Board Certification and Renewal

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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COVID-19 Impact on National Board Certification and Renewal

We are living in unprecedented times as a result of COVID-19.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is moving quickly to address questions about the National Board process and provide professional resources for all teachers.  Click here to access a dedicated webpage that provides information and resources from the National Board.  If you have questions about your candidacy, click here to locate Component One assessment center updates.  All other questions should be addressed to National Board customer support via the webform or call 1-800-22TEACH.

The National Board has received inquiries from thousands of candidates asking how the National Board assessment process will be adjusted in response to this pandemic. Most candidates are asking for an extended submission deadline. The National Board is contemplating several potential policy changes and is asking for everyone’s patience and grace as they work through the intricacies of this unique situation to do what is right.


The National Board shared the following information with all candidates yesterday (Monday, March 23) afternoon. The following statements apply to all candidates, whether pursuing initial certification or certification renewal:


  • If you have completed components and are ready to submit during the upcoming submission window, your candidacy will continue this year. The National Board will open the submission window as planned on April 1st and will receive, process, and score your material.
  • If you are scheduled to complete Component 1: Content Knowledge, monitor your emails from Pearson VUE for updates regarding your scheduled appointment. The National Board is closely monitoring national and regional impacts on testing centers and assessing the potential to extend the testing deadline, currently scheduled for June 15th, or to provide other solutions.
  • If you are in the process of completing components, know that the National Board is planning to extend the submission deadline for portfolio material. They are still in the process of establishing the revised deadline beyond the currently scheduled deadline of May 13. This extension would apply to all portfolio materials submitted online (Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction; Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment; Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner; and Renewal: Profile of Professional Growth).
  • If you are a current candidate and can no longer complete your component(s) or candidacy this year, know that the National Board is in the process of developing solutions for your circumstance. The National Board will provide further direction ASAP on what action you need to take.


The National Board will share more specific information next Monday, March 30.


National Board Webinars

The National Board is providing online webinars to support all teachers during these challenging times. National Board Teachers Helping Teachers webinars will cover a vast array of topics to support instruction.  The webinars will be offered on Zoom and have a simultaneous broadcast on Facebook Live. Those who register will receive a Certificate of Attendance for one contact hour.  Click on the respective hyperlink below to register for any of the following scheduled webinars:



Twitter chats (#NBchat) will follow each day’s webinar, with these chats being held at 8:00 p.m. (ET).  The webinar presenters and panels are NBCTs and NB candidates and other educators.  If you have an expertise to share with others, click here to complete the information form.

Lesson Plans and Activities

The National Board is crowdsourcing lessons and materials from teachers and other resources to assist all educators in developing lesson plans and activities.  Go to  Teachers Helping Teachers:  Resources  to find resources for K-12 classrooms.  If you would like to submit resources, please email Tami Fitzgerald at