Value for Teachers

National Board Certified Teachers
Now more than ever, teachers are feeling the pressure to prove themselves in a constantly changing education landscape. Board certification is the highest mark of professional accomplishment. It allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession.

Pursuing Board certification has many other benefits, including the opportunity to become part of a larger network of accomplished teachers shaping the profession. During the process, candidates reflect on best practices and find immediate classroom applications of what they’ve learned.

Many states and districts offer financial incentives, including bonuses or raises, for educators who achieve Board certification. NBCTs are recognized across the nation because they’ve 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.

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Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for National Board Certification, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (Exception: Career and Tech Ed teachers must have met the licensure requirements for the state);
  • Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
  • Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license (Exception: If you are teaching where a license is not required, you have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state).

Meet those three qualifications? Then your next step is to read the Guide to National Board Certification, which provides more in-depth information.


National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K through 12th grade, structured along two dimensions: the developmental level of the students and the subject area. All certificates are based on the Five Core Propositions, which represent the ideals of the profession, much like medicine’s Hippocratic Oath. These Core Propositions serve as the foundation for National Board Standards – created by teachers, for teachers – that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. It is important that you choose the certificate area that best reflects the age range of your students and the subject you teach because you must be able to demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge across the full age range of the chosen certificate area (and specialty area, if applicable).

Certification Process

The certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished teaching across four components:

  • Content Knowledge
  • Differentiation in Instruction
  • Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
  • Effective and Reflective Practitioner

The cost for each of the 4 components is $475.

The certification process is undergoing revision over the course of three cycles beginning in 2014. During the rollout, candidates can choose from among the available components.