Spanish Teachers' Resource Use While Attempting National Board Certification

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In 2001 the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) released the "World Languages Other than English Standards". Since then, 562 Spanish teachers have earned advanced certification. This study investigates the demographics of National-Board-certified teachers of Spanish, the environments in which they teach, and the support mechanisms and financial resources they used to achieve advanced certification. Data was collected using an online survey with a 50.4 percent response rate. The majority of participants are female native speakers of English, with a high level of education and over 13 years of teaching experience. Results indicate that resources provided by the NBPTS and National-Board-certified colleagues were the most helpful forms of support. Participants reported that funding for the application fee came primarily from participants' home states and personal resources. The study closes with suggestions for future candidates who are pursuing National Board certification.


This article was previously published in Hispania, 91 (2008) DOI: 10.2307/20063624.