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

Complete Components

  • National Board will send instructions and other important information regarding your components to the preferred email address in your account. Please keep your preferred email address current in your account and add National Board to your safe senders list.
  • Teachers must attempt each of the four components within the first three years of their candidacy.
  • Assessment
    • Component 1: Content Knowledge
    • The assessment is administered at computer-based testing centers across the United States during the Component 1: Content Knowledge testing window. You will receive an email with instructions for scheduling your appointment.
  • Portfolio Entries
    • Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction
    • Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment
    • Component 4: Effective and Reflective Practitioner
  • The three portfolio entries will be submitted electronically using the online ePortfolio submission system. You will receive information about using the system. Refer to the Guide to National Board Certification for submission window dates and deadlines.

Receive Scores

  •  Scoring of components occurs each summer and scores are released by the end of that year.
  • Your score reflects the clear, consistent, and convincing evidence that you have met the National Board Standards specific to your certificate field. Review the Scoring Guide for important information about scoring, including rubrics, weights, retake options, and more.