May 31, 2023  
Graduate Catalog | 2022-2023 
Graduate Catalog | 2022-2023 Previous Edition

National Board Certification, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in National Board Certification is a 12 credit hour program designed for those interested in pursuing National Board Certification. The required courses are closely aligned with the four components required of National Board Certification.  All courses for the Graduate Certificate must be completed within five years.

General Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School

Please refer to admission information in The Graduate School  section.

Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program

  • Undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL))
  • Three recommendations from persons knowledgeable of your interaction with children or youth
  • tatement of purpose
  • Clear criminal background check
  • Apply online at

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Total = 12 Credit Hours

Clinical Field Experiences

Candidates in the Graduate Certificate program participate in field experiences that require them to apply coursework in their classroom settings, analyze student learning, and reflect on their practice in the context of theories on teaching and learning.  These experiences broaden their ability to help all students learn through portfolio exercises that require analysis of student work and reflection on instruction.  These structured field experiences are designed to take place in multiple settings within the candidates’ school community or districts, after-school programs, alternate youth centers, or in the schools and classrooms in which the candidates work.


All candidates are assigned an advisor upon formal admission to the program.  Candidates should consult with their advisors at least once each semester.