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 Fees

  • Many states and local school districts have recognized the value of National Board Certification by offering salary increases, bonuses, or other incentives to educators who become NBCTs. There are also some state and local funds available to help cover the cost of National Board Certification. Before you register, contact your state or local program administrator to see what incentives and funding are available in your area. The In Your State page has an interactive map you can use to learn more about available supports and incentives.
  • Candidates have the option to pay for and submit each component separately. There is a $75 nonrefundable and nontransferable, annual registration fee. 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 are an additional fee.