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National Board Certification

National Board Certification

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

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Maintenance is a personal and public statement about your commitment to the profession and to your students.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University, partners with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to offer graduate credit to teachers who renew their Achievement status when it expires after ten years.

To register at Mason for Maintenance of National Board Certification credits, we must have:

  • your completed enrollment form e-mailed to
  • a copy of your maintenance award letter from National Board emailed to
  • payment of $500 using TouchNet (link below). For payments made by employers or other third parties, please email us for instructions at
  • Enrollment deadlines are May 1st for spring, July 20th for summer, and December 1st for fall. Forms received after the deadline will be applied to the next semester.

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Once all documentation is received and our processes are complete (may take three weeks), you will be formally registered for the graduate credit course. You will receive an email that the credits have been awarded, and directions will be given for how to download and/or print a transcript reflecting the credits. Please do not request a transcript until you have received confirmation of enrollment and your grade from George Mason University.


Reprinted with permission from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, All rights reserved.