Value for Teachers

National Board Certified Teachers
Now more than ever, teachers must prove themselves in a constantly changing education landscape. Board certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are recognized across the nation as having met the highest standards set by the profession. School and district administrators often look for NBCTs when making hiring decisions and identifying educators to serve as leaders in their schools. Many states and districts offer supports and incentives for educators who achieve board certification. Click here to see what’s available in your state.

Are you ready to pursue certification and join the largest network of accomplished teachers shaping the teaching profession? Great! Review the Process Overview, then click Apply Now to begin your journey.

Process Overview

Confirm Eligibility

To be eligible for certification, teachers must meet education, employment, and licensure requirements. You will be asked to verify these during registration. The requirements are:

  • Verify a bachelor’s degree (NOTE: Candidates for the Career and Technical Education certificate are required to hold a bachelor’s degree only if their state required one for their current license.
  • Have completed three years of successful teaching
  •  Hold a valid state teaching license or meet the licensure requirements established by your state for a school counselor (if applying for the ECYA/School Counseling certificate
  • Prerequisite for World Languages candidates: In addition to the candidate eligibility requirements, World Languages candidates must provide official American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certified ratings of Advanced Low or higher from ACTFL speaking and writing proficiency assessments. Refer to the Guide to National Board Certification for details.