Value for Teachers

National Board Certified Teachers

National Board Certification: Value for 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

Understand the Components

  • Review the National Board Standards and component instructions for your certificate area.
  • National Board Certification is offered in 25 certificate areas that span 16 content areas and four student developmental levels.
  • In all certificate areas, candidates are required to complete four components consisting of:

Computer-based assessment - administered at a testing center
Component 1: Content Knowledge
Portfolio entries - submit online
Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction
Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner

  • ​Teachers must attempt each of the four components within the first three years of their candidacy. You will have two opportunities to retake each component.
  • Certification may take anywhere from one to five years, depending on the approach taken

Select Components

  • You may select and pay for each component individually.
  • You will receive a confirmation for each component selected.

Pay Fees

  • Although payment is not required when a component is selected, you must complete the order process by selecting Submit Order for the component to be reflected on your account. Until you select Submit Order, no payment – including potential third party payments – can be applied to your account.
  • Fees must be paid prior to the January 31 payment deadline.
  • Even if you are expecting payment from a third party, you must be prepared to submit payment in full if the third party payment is not received by the published deadline.
  • In addition to the $75 annual registration fee, each of the four assessment components costs $475 (total cost of components is $1,900). Any retake attempts cost additionally.
  • The In Your State page has an interactive map you can use to learn more about available financial support and incentives.