Hood Prepares Teachers for National Board Certification

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College is beginning its third cohort of EDUC 539, a National Board Certification (NBC) support course taught by Andrea Robinson-Tejada, a National Board Certified Teacher and an adjunct faculty member in Hood’s Curriculum and Instruction master’s program.

NBC is from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. It is prestigious in the education field as fewer than 5 percent of teachers nationwide have achieved the title. So far, every teacher who has completed Hood’s support course and submitted has achieved certification.

Eleven teachers from Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) have signed contracts with the Maryland Department of Education and FCPS to finance their bids for NBC. The candidates will use their FCPS tuition benefits to cover the cost of the Hood NBC course.

The certification process consists of four components: content knowledge, a computer-based assessment that determines understanding of content knowledge and pedagogical practices; differentiation in instruction, a portfolio of information about individual students’ needs and adapting instruction to that information; teaching practice and learning environment, a portfolio of video recordings of interactions between the teacher and students with written commentary on those interactions; and effective and reflective practitioner, a portfolio demonstrating the teacher’s ability to develop and apply knowledge of students, coupled with assessment data, to plan for their learning.

For more information on NBC and this course, contact Robinson-Tejada at robinson-tejada@hood.edu.

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