National Board Certification

  • During the last 25 years the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has advanced the teaching profession by establishing and maintaining the definitive standards of accomplished teaching and certifying more than 110,000 teachers across the country against those rigorous standards.

    Candidates for certification analyze their teaching practices and impact on student learning, take on leadership roles, and collaborate with peers. This hard work pays off as National Board Certified teachers in North Carolina are eligible for a 12 percent pay differential. And research has shown that higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.    

    For 11 years, we have maintained the highest number of National Board certified teachers in the nation. At the end of 2016, the total number of our teachers achieving this gold standard hit 2,522. This success is thanks in part to the support we provide to candidates at every step of the process, from initial candidacy to renewal.

    Explore this site to learn more about the National Board Certification process, including the district's first-in-the-nation Beginner to Board-Certified program that provides support to third-year teachers as prepare to earn Board certification in their fourth year of teaching.