Master of Education Online - Curriculum & Instruction with Support for National Board Certification

This degree has been designed as support for those teacher/educators desiring to earn their National Board Teacher Certification while also working on their Master of Education degree.  Applicants for this program will have met the eligibility requirements defined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and have made the initial application process with NBCT prior to taking courses.  The benefits of National Board Certification are significant and can strengthen practice, help teachers improve student performance, develop and demonstrate leadership skills, help expand influence and expertise, advance careers, provide portability, offer higher salary potential and advance education as a profession.

The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education has developed three, sixteen week (one semester) Master level courses to be included as part of the Master’s of Education degree with support for National Board Teacher Certification. These three courses have been uniquely designed to support and benefit individuals who have officially registered, applied, and met the eligibility requirements of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to be permitted to work towards National Board Certification.  Each of the three courses has been designed to correspond to one of the three NBCT portfolio components. The three online NBCT support courses are the only courses out of the eleven (11) required courses that are scheduled over a sixteen (16) week semester timeframe. All other courses run for a period of eight (8) weeks and are taught online.  Two courses can be taken over the period of one semester.


Curriculum Summary

NOTE: Students seeking teaching National Board Certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all NBPTS requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not guarantee National Board Certification.

Admission Information

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in education or have completed a teacher preparation program may apply to the Master of Education degree program with evidence of holding or being eligible to hold a Standard license in the area of emphasis for which the student is seeking degree.

Applicants accepted into the Master’s of Education degree with support for the National Board Certification program will be required to have proof of applying and making payment for National Board certification indicating that they are currently eligible to officially participate and work towards their National Board Certification.

  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or a minimum GPA of 3.0 on any graduate work previously completed.
  • Provide evidence of holding a valid standard teaching license with three years qualified experience.
  • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the MEd program must earn a 3.00 grade point average on the first nine semester hours of graduate work in order to continue in the program.  Students may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.