National Board Certification

National Board Certification holds the promise for raising the quality of the teaching profession. The certification process itself represents the best professional development – it is based on teacher self-reflection and inquiry, linked to the teacher’s own teaching situation and practice, and is collaborative. Advanced certification also creates a high standard for the profession, informing teacher preparation programs, masters degree programs, ongoing professional development, and teacher leadership development.

To be eligible for National Board Certification, teachers must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have completed three full years of teaching/counseling experience
  • Possess a valid state teaching/counseling license for that period of time, or, if teaching where a license is not required, have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state

Bakersfield City School District supports the efforts of our teachers seeking National Board Certification by pairing BCSD Nationally Board Certified Teachers with those working on certfication to provide support and guidance. For information on receiving support please contact Valerie Saylor at 1-4782.

National Board Certification Links:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Website

BCSD Educational Foundation National Board Scholarship Application



Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.