NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
National Board Certification, offered by the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), is a way to recognize the accomplished teaching that is occurring in North Carolina's classrooms. The certification process is based on high and rigorous a standards that evaluate teaching practice through performance-based assessments; the ultimate result is improved performance and achievement for North Carolina's students.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:
- maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do;
- providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and
- advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.
At the core of the National Board certification process are standards that describe the highest level of teaching in different disciplines and with students at different developmental levels. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and other education experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. NBPTS Standards can be found at www.nbpts.org or www.boardcertifiedteachers.org.
Teachers who have participated in National Board Certification have overwhelmingly stated it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers. They say the experience changes them as professionals and that through the process they deepen their content knowledge and develop, master, and reflect on new approaches to working with their students.
According to research conducted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teachers who have achieved National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) significantly outperform their peers who are not Board Certified on 11 of 13 key dimensions of teaching expertise, according to a study released by the National Board. Based on student work samples, the study's authors declared that National Board Certification "is identifying and certifying teachers who are producing students who differ in profound and important ways from those taught by non-certified teachers."
NATIONAL BOARD TO REVISE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, announced it will revise its certification process http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/. The revision is being made to incorporate the latest research - as certification was last updated in 2001 - and to reduce barriers so that more students can learn from Board-certified teachers. The changes to the process will begin in the 2014-2015 academic year. The new certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished teaching across four components:
- Content Knowledge
- Differentiation in Instruction
- Teaching Practice and Classroom Environment
- Effective and Reflective Practitioner
During the rollout, candidates can choose from among the available components. The cost for each of the 4 components is $475. For more information and accessing the certification application:
SUPPORT FROM THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
Loan and other Funding Sources
The state of North Carolina will loan the assessment fee to eligible teachers. Information regarding this loan and other funding sources can be found on this website.
North Carolina provides every ELIGIBLE* initial candidate 3 days of paid professional leave. *Eligible is defined as those candidates who meet requirements for the state loan, whether or not they take the loan.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR STATE FUNDING
The state of North Carolina will loan $1,900 to eligible candidates. Teachers will repay the loan over three years. Loan rules and procedures can be found by viewing the following document:
National Board Certification Loan by the
NC State Education Assistance Authority
- New North Carolina Funding Information
- Truth in Lending Disclosure
Candidates are eligible for the state loan program if they:
- are paid entirely from state funds
- have completed three full years in North Carolina Public Schools (This includes DOC, DHHS, Office of Juvenile Justice, and public charter schools)
- hold a valid, clear, continuing North Carolina teaching license
- have not previously received State Funds for participating in the NBPTS assessment. (If a candidate received funding, withdrew from the process and fulfilled the repayment obligation, s/he can be funded again.), and
- engage in direct classroom instruction, library/media work, or school counseling 70% of the time over the course of the academic year.
IMPORTANT: If you do not meet the criteria listed above, please contact your local school system to determine additional steps needed to qualify for State funding.
WHERE TO GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NBPTS IN NORTH CAROLINA
- For more information about state assistance, completing the application, or candidate support contact Dr. Sonja Brown, the Program Coordinator for National Board Certification, at 919.807.3358.
- Elic Senter; North Carolina Association of Educators, Center for Teaching and Learning at 1.800.662.7924 x227.
- Elizabeth Edwards, National Board Professional Teaching Standards, 252.916.6842.
- NBC Coordinator in your school district.