Certificate Areas

Choosing What’s Right for You

National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K through 12th grade, structured along two dimensions: the developmental level of the students and the subject area. All certificates are based on the Five Core Propositions, which represent the ideals of the profession, much like medicine’s Hippocratic Oath. These Core Propositions serve as the foundation for National Board Standards – created by teachers, for teachers – that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. It is important that you choose the certificate area that best reflects the age range of your students and the subject you teach because you must be able to demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge across the full age range of the chosen certificate area (and specialty area, if applicable).