Harding University A leader For National Board Certification

The Harding University Cannon-Clary College of Education boasts a 100 percent achievement rate for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) seeking to renew certification.

The National Board Certification Program at Harding — which is led by Dr. Clara Carroll, associate dean of the College of Education and NBCT — is nationally recognized as a leader in supporting National Board Certification and educators pursuing Board-certification.

National Board Certification is available for 25 certificate areas from pre-K through 12th grade. It is performance based and peer reviewed with a strong emphasis on content knowledge and affect on student learning. The process takes from one to three years to complete.

Certification enables teachers to demonstrate that their teaching meets the profession’s standards for accomplished practice and proves their ability to advance student learning and achievement. Board-certified teachers are recognized across the nation because they’ve met the highest standards set by the profession.

Students taught by board-certified teachers learn more than other students. Estimates of the increase in learning ranged up to an additional one to two months of instruction.

Dr. Jamie Burris, NBCT and Dardanelle School District instructional supervisor and federal programs director, has conducted extensive research of Arkansas NBCTs.

“The conclusions from my research study showed that regardless of certification level or years of experience, Arkansas NBCTs credit the certification process with enhancing their professional growth, increasing student achievement, enhancing skills necessary to better differentiate instruction, increasing the ability to analyze and utilize assessment data to make instructional decisions, developing the skills necessary to better know their students and increasing parental involvement.”

Arkansas currently has a total of 2,903 National Board Certified teachers. To date, nearly 113,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved National Board Certification.

For more information regarding the support system offered for National Board candidates, contact Dr. Carroll at nationalboard@harding.edu. To learn more about the programs and services offered by Canon-Clary College of Education, visit www.harding.edu/education.

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents all 50 states and 54 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit  www.harding.edu.

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