Title

Incentives and Barriers To Seeking Certification By the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards

Date of Award

2002

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Margaret Smith

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between preservice teachers' incentives and barriers to seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and race, age, and major. These relationships were measured by individual responses to statements about possible incentives and possible barriers to seeking National Board certification and statistically analyzing the responses to race, age, and major. The purposes of this study were to: (a) determine if there was a significant relationship between preservice teachers' incentives to seeking National Board certification and the variables of race, age, and major; and (b) determine if there was a significant relationship between preservice teachers' barriers to seeking National Board certification and the variables of race, age, and major. The research instrument was a 54-item survey that provided statistical and descriptive data. A total of 125 usable surveys was obtained. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to test the hypotheses. The following conclusions were drawn: (a) incentives to seeking National Board certification are not related to age, race, or major; (b) barriers to seeking National Board certification are not related to race or major; (c) barriers to seeking National Board certification are related to age; (d) professional advancement and salary increases are strong incentives for seeking National Board certification; and (e) competing time commitments, self-doubt, and lack of information and support are barriers for the participants.