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Part ii-Certification Rubric

Read the PBL Certification Rubric very carefully in order to understand expectations for each Domain.

  • Video segments are required from all candidates. If this is an issue please contact Suzanne Diehn,

  • Note under each sub category, there is a list of very specific pieces that must be in the evidence or artifact collection.

  • It is highly recommended that you use 1 or 2 projects for artifacts.

  • Do not use more than two projects and do not include more than the 7 examples per sub category.

  • Download the complete guide to the PBL Certification process.

part iii-Submission Requirements

All submissions of evidence / artifacts and videos must be done electronically through GoogleDrive. Access to this site will be provided once a candidate has become part of a working cohort. Google will accept many formats of documentation for upload. After each artifact is uploaded, the participant will be given an opportunity to add more details and explain how this artifact exemplifies the rubric.

No paper materials are to be submitted. If there are any questions please contact Suzanne Diehn at

All submissions must be made electronically through Google.

No paper documents will be accepted.


PBL certified teachers and leaders are certified for a period of five years. During the fifth year, teachers and school leaders must complete the certification renewal process before their certification expiration date.  Teachers and school leaders may begin Certification Renewal by requesting an application from Suzanne Diehn at

Candidates who are applying to renew their certification must complete a Profile of Professional Growth. This is a holistic approach in which all components submitted are linked and evaluated based on authentic PBL strategies and systems. The renewal process must show continuous and authentic continued professional growth and student learning.

Part v: review process


Each domain submission will be reviewed, and candidates will receive feedback. Feedback will be given to the candidate, so he/she can resubmit any artifacts that may be lacking or may be needed to provide clarification.


During the certification process, most candidates will be asked to submit additional materials to fulfill the certification requirements. Re-submission of materials during the process is not a failure but an opportunity to validate in a more robust manner the PBL work that has taken place. The resubmission and revision process is crucial to the PBL process in the classroom and should be seen as valuable professional development in the PBL Certification process as well. At the end of all Domain submissions, candidates who receive any Progressing designations of non-certification, may re-submit at a new due date without beginning the process over. The goal of the certification process is to validate authentic PBL work in classrooms and schools.