National Board Certification

Program Overview

  • North Carolina has more National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) than any state in the nation, with 20,611. In addition, Wake County Schools ranks first among districts nationally in its total number of NBCTs.

    North Carolina offers statewide support for teachers interested in pursuing National Board Certification as a result of legislation adopted in 1994 and enhanced via the Excellent Schools Act in 1997. NBCTs move to a new salary schedule upon achieving National Board Certification, resulting in a 12-percent salary increase. In addition, the state grants full licensure renewal to all teachers completing the National Board Certification process, regardless of achievement. Also, teachers who are in the 10-year National Board renewal cycle will earn 2 credits (1 for content and 1 for literacy). In addition, the state grants eligible candidates three days of release time.


    Fee Support: State

    The state of North Carolina offers a low-cost loan program for eligible candidates seeking National Board Certification. After completing the National Board application, candidates apply through the State Education Assistance Authority for the loan. (The link to that application will appear after completing the National Board application and is only available through the Department of Public Instruction.) The first year of the loan is interest-free; the interest rate thereafter is three percent. Candidates have three years to repay the loan.


    Fee Support: Scholarships

    National Board is not accepting scholarship applications at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.


    Candidate Support

    Candidate support is available from professional organizations, colleges and universities, and local school districts. You may also check with your local professional organization for support near you. In addition, the state grants candidates three days of release time with the approval of the building principal.


    Upcoming Regional National Board Support Sessions

    Candidate support information for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards can be located on the NCAE website. National Board Certification Support


    Candidate Support: Local

    For additional support or information about the National Board Certification process, you can also contact a National Board Coordinator in your school district.


    Candidate Support: State

    The National Board is aware of the following two support programs:

    North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE)

    Ray Riffe

    Phone: 800-662-7924/919-832-3000



    University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W)

    Somer Lewis, NBCT

    Phone: 910-962-7669



    Graduate Credit

    Universities frequently provide graduate-level credit to teachers pursuing National Board Certification or allow National Board work to be counted towards a master’s degree. Please inquire with your local university to see if this is a possibility for you.


    State Contact

    Sonja Brown, Ed.D.

    North Carolina National Board Coordinator/Recognition Programs

    Educator Effectiveness Division

    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    919-807-3358 (Office)



    NBCT Network

    NCAE NBCT Caucus Network  |  NCAE Caucuses


    Financial Incentives

    In North Carolina, NBCTs move to a new salary schedule upon achieving National Board Certification, resulting in a 12-percent salary increase.




  • National Board Information


    Coordinator’s Meeting

    To be Determined - Raleigh

    To be Determined - Raleigh



    National Board applications are available now to those interested in seeking National Board Certification. 



    National Board Website

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