Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education Waiving GRE or MAT Scores for Teachers with National Board Certification

Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2021

(BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.) Feb. 23, 2021 – National Board Certified educators are leaders in their field. To recognize this achievement, the School of Education at Gardner-Webb University is waiving GRE or MAT scores for National Board Certified Teachers applying to Doctor of Education programs in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction at Gardner-Webb University.

 As a voluntary advanced professional certification for pre-kindergarten through 12-grade educators, National Board Certification recognizes teacher expertise and excellence utilizing a performance-based, peer-reviewed assessment. This process allows teacher to further develop their practice, highlight their talent in the classroom, and exhibit their dedication to the students they serve and their profession as a whole.

 The admission requirements for Doctor of Education programs at other universities were surveyed, and Gardner-Webb University was found to be the only one accepting National Board Certification in place of the GRE or MAT.

“The School of Education recognizes and values NBCTs and the rigorous process they went through to earn the certification,” recognized associate dean for Graduate Programs in the GWU School of Education and EDCI program coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Putnam. She continued, “NBCTs have proven that they can conduct action research; they are strong writers; they are proven leaders in their schools and districts; and they are reflective practitioners. All of these qualities are ones that we value in our doctoral candidates.”

Gardner-Webb’s Educational Leadership Ed.D. degree is designed for potential and practicing educational leaders wishing to further cultivate their leadership skills in complex organizations. Additionally, it aims to equip candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and beliefs that will allow them to effectively serve in leadership roles in a fluctuating environment.

The Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D. degree at Gardner-Webb University prepares students to become instructional leaders, whom are tasked with creating and strategically managing process related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition to deepening knowledge and understanding of educational practices, students will also obtain the necessary tools to deliver professional leadership in curriculum, teacher education, program evaluation, family and community engagement, and professional learning in schools.

 Applications for Fall 2021 are now being accepted. For additional information and how to apply, visit here.

Gardner-Webb University, located in the foothills of North Carolina, is a private, Christian, liberal arts university. Gardner-Webb stresses a strong student-centered experience accompanying by rigorous academics in order to ensure students become effective leaders within the global community. Begin your next journey at Gardner-Webb University.