Candidate Support

National Board Certification

To support aspiring National Board candidates in their pursuit of certification, the department offers candidates who teach in Tennessee public schools access to a qualified National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) to serve as a candidate support provider (NBCSP). NBCSPs are individuals who help guide candidates through the certification process, sometimes starting before the teacher even applies for certification. NBCSPs ask questions that help a candidate show evidence more clearly, help candidates create organizational systems to manage the certification process, locate resources to help with technology demands, and provide models of feedback that broaden and deepen the candidate’s own analytical abilities.

First-time and continuing candidates may request support services on their certification journey. If you are an NBCT candidate who is interested in requesting support from an NBCSP, please submit an application.  The department also offers additional support for NBCT candidates in collaboration with the Tennessee Education Association (TEA). More information about these resources is available here.

The department will also compensate current, eligible NBCTs who choose to serve as candidate support providers (NBCSP). Click here to view NBCSP Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.

To be eligible to become a candidate support provider, qualified NBCTs may complete training through TEA. More information on this training, typically offered in the summer, can be found here. If you are a qualified NBCT who has completed NBCSP training and are interested in being compensated for supporting candidates, please complete this application.

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