National Board Certification Support Program
The Watson College of Education National Board Certification Support Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington began in 2001 and continues to be a valuable resource for participants throughout the 2015-2016 certification cycle. Activities and delivery sequence are structured to provide intensive support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented each year by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Currently, support sessions are offered for initial, advanced and renewal candidates. The support program also hosts pre-candidacy workshops, offers Candidate Support Provider Training, and promotes a self-guided workbook for support.
The goals of this program are:
- To link university faculty and public school educators in providing on-going support to southeast North Carolina educators seeking professional renewal and recognition
- To provide information, support, and facilitated work sessions for National Board Certification Candidates
- To engage National Board Certified Teachers and Watson College of Education Faculty in providing support, resources, and feedback during the process
- To provide sustained electronic support, for the duration of the National Board Certification process
- To create a foundation of stakeholders that will construct and maintain a supportive environment for National Board Candidacy
Over the last ten+ years the Watson College of Education National Board Certification Support Program has served over 1,000 educators in various capacities across the state of North Carolina.
- Since 2001, the program has supported 799 initial candidates, 111 advanced candidates, and 39 renewal candidates through various workshops.
- Since 2001, the initial candidate workshops have supported educators across 37 North Carolina school districts and 1 South Carolina district, including 191 teachers from New Hanover County Schools, 117 teachers from Onslow County Schools, 105 teachers from Brunswick County Schools, 77 teachers from Pender County Schools, and 67 teachers from Duplin County Schools.
- Since its publication in 2009, the program has sold 260 copies of "10 Self-Guided Steps: Supporting Your Own National Board Certification Journey," a workbook written and compiled by Beth Metcalf, National Board Certified Teacher and former WCE Teacher-in-Residence.
- On December 7, 2011, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards publicly announced the 2011 class of initial candidates. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is ranked 20th in the nation, 7th in the state, boasting 41 alumnae recognized as NBCTs in 2011.