Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply for NBPTS, there are certain eligibility requirements outlined by the NBPTS. In general, teachers must:

  • possess a bachelor’s degree
  • have taught a minimum of three years in a public or private school
  • hold a valid teaching certificate/license (including for the three years of teaching experience).
  • be the teacher of record for a classroom or subject area in which certification is being sought during the year of candidacy.

Eligibility and Application

Fees and Support

Fees and deadlines for each National Board program. 

Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of National Board programs.

State and Local Information

For further information, contact the State Contact:

Lori Lofton
Senior Executive Director
Center for the Teaching Profession
Ohio Department of Education
Phone: (614) 466-2937
Email: Lori.Lofton@education.ohio.gov

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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