The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced that Central Washington University was among the top 20 institutions in the United States that awarded degrees to teachers who became National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).
CWU was ranked fifth out of 50 institutions for producing NBCTs in 2011, with 103 of its graduates achieving this “gold standard” for teaching excellence. More than 400 individuals received undergraduate degrees in education from CWU in 2011.
“We are very proud of our CWU education graduates who have earned their national board certificates,” said Connie Lambert, dean, College of Education and Professional Studies. “It is a testament to the quality of CWU graduates as well as our programs and faculty. Congratulations to all CWU alumni who have achieved national board certification—they are excellent role models for new teachers entering the profession.”
Currently, there are more than 5,200 NBCTs in Washington, placing the state fourth highest nationwide in the total number of these outstanding educators. Six out of the top ten schools in the nation for new NBCTs in 2011 are in Washington.
Central has established a National Board Certification Mentoring program to support education alumni in their quest to become board-certified. The mentoring program is designed to prepare teachers for national board portfolio preparation and assessment.
NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization. It was formed in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching and learning by developing professional standards for accomplished teaching, creating a voluntary system to certify teachers who meet those standards and integrating certified teachers into educational reform efforts. In 2011, NBPTS certified 6,200 teachers.