National Board Certification, a distinction that matters!

What is National Board Certification?

  • Recognition of accomplished teaching, content knowledge and teaching pedagogy
  • Evaluation of teaching practices based upon national standards
  • Voluntary advanced certification
  • Professional development

National Board Certification validates your teaching practices, advances your career, increases financial opportunities, provides a portable teaching license in most states, and contributes to CEU re-certification requirements.

Why Should You Pursue National Board Certification?

  • Foster a deeper understanding of content
  • Improve student learning and achievement
  • Prepare future ready students
  • The North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards align with National Board’s five core propositions
  • Research supports NBC:
    • Data includes annual test scores in grades 3-5 for three years
    • Data indicates increased student performance
    • Math and reading test scores show an average of 7% year-end improvement
    • Performance differential shows up to a 15% gain for lower income students
    • Estimates of the increase in learning are on the order of an additional one to two months of instruction.

Are You Eligible for National Board Certification?

An eligible candidate must have…

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
  • a valid teaching license or a license to practice as a school counselor.

How Does North Carolina Support National Board Certification?

  • lends the $1,900 assessment fee;
  • provides up to three days of paid professional leave;
  • provides 8.0 CEUs for completion of the process; and
  • pays salary differential of 12% of base salary.

What is the National Board Certification Process?

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Before You Apply for National Board Certification…

  • Study the NBPTS standards for your certificate area
  • Read the portfolio instructions for your certificate area
  • Analyze and reflect upon your personal and professional time to commit to the process
  • Identify your resources for support


Please contact Joy Sollie, at if you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification.

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