World Class Teaching Program

The University of Mississippi
MOC Materials

Materials include: Guide to MOC, MOC Instructions, MOC Calendar, Component 1 Evidence Cover Sheet, Component 1 Written Commentary Template, Component 2 Written Commentary Template, Video Recording Attestation Form, Release Forms, Standards, MOC Q & A, and Accommodations Form


Flexible, Affordable and Accessible

The Maintenance of Certificate process was adapted from the previous Renewal process.

Flexible, Affordable and Accessible

MOC will cost $495 plus a $75 registration fee. This cost is consistent with the National Board’s commitment to making all aspects of the National Board certification process as flexible, affordable and accessible as possible for our country’s diverse educators. The MOC design retains those elements of Renewal and its Profile of Professional Growth (PPG) that ensure the process is relevant and meaningful for teachers and their ongoing learning.

MOC Component Overview

The MOC process consists of a portfolio submission of two interrelated components. These two components draw upon two Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs) related to your original certificate area. PGEs are activities in which you learned something new that has influence within or beyond the classroom and had a direct or indirect impact on student learning. While these experiences may have begun before certification or at a later point, they have evolved to become an important focus of your professional growth since initial certification or since renewal.

To demonstrate your maintenance of National Board certification, you will describe, analyze, and reflect on how your PGEs and teaching practices continue to align with the Five Core Propositions, the current National Board Standards for your area of certification, and the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching. Each component will include a written commentary in response to prompts and evidence that supports that commentary and demonstrates a positive impact on student learning.

In Component 1 you will

  • Identify two PGEs.
  • Develop a Written Commentary in response to prompts.
  • Collect evidence that supports your PGEs and Written Commentary and that demonstrates positive impact on student learning.

In Component 2 you will

  • Choose one of your PGEs identified in Component 1 to demonstrate its application with a group of students who are within the developmental level and content area of your original certificate area.
  • Design a lesson related to your chosen PGE in the same content area and developmental level as your original certificate area.
  • Prepare a video recording of no more than ten minutes of you teaching the lesson to a group of students in a pre-K-12 setting.
  • Develop a written commentary in response to prompts.

Component 2 Video Guidance

Whether you currently teach in your original certificate area, you now teach at a different developmental level and/or in a different content area than your original certificate, or you currently practice in a position outside of the classroom (e.g., administrator, mentor, consultant, itinerant teacher), you can complete the video recording.

The lesson you design and the students with whom you work in the video recording must match your original certificate area (content area and developmental level). At least 51% of the students in the class or group of students you use in Component 2 must be within the stated age range for your certificate area, and the lesson needs to take place in a pre-K–12 setting. In addition, the students must be rostered, although you do not need to be the teacher of record.

You should select the class or group of students that will best allow you to demonstrate your positive impact on student learning. There are a number of ways in which this can be done other than teaching your own class. For example, you could team-teach or partner on a special project that meets the needs of the student population, while allowing you to showcase an area of your professional growth. You could also integrate content from your original area of certification in a meaningful and relevant way into a lesson that you are currently teaching, as long as the students are at the same developmental level as your certificate area. Another way would be to guest teach in a colleague’s classroom that meets the developmental level and content area requirements.

If you are considering filming instruction in a virtual classroom, see the guidance posted regarding clarifications for portfolio submissions due to COVID-19.

MOC will cost $495 plus a $75 registration fee. This cost is consistent with the National Board’s commitment to making all aspects of the National Board certification process as flexible, affordable and accessible as possible for our country’s diverse educators. The MOC design retains those elements of Renewal and its Profile of Professional Growth (PPG) that ensure the process is relevant and meaningful for teachers and their ongoing learning.