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National board certification as a master's degree culminating project

This study explores National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, its history, value and impact on teachers. Using case study analysis, field observation and research, the findings show that those Master's students who took advantage of support of National Board Certified Teachers and frequented support workshops had more success. Many discrepancies and frustrations emerged with regards to supporting students through the process of board certification as a Master's culminating project. Further, as successful as National Board Certification is as a professional development, fusing it with Master's work could impact the quality of the experience. It is recommended that institutes of higher education train their faculty in the tenants of the National Board and use consistent requirements for all students going through the National Board process. Finally, workshop seminars should be offered for all Master's students who wish to go through the process of National Board Certification as a culminating or thesis project. These workshops should begin the second semester of the fist year of Master's coursework. A sample workshop seminar, backed by field work observation and research is included for universities to use as a model. Key Words: National Board Certification, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, support, Master's, culminating project, workshop seminars, institutes of higher education, National Board Certified Teachers

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