National Board Certification Requirements

  • All candidates for National Board Certification must:

    • Hold a bachelor’s degree (Exception: Career and Technical Education teachers must have met the licensure requirements for the state);
    • Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
    • Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license (Exception: If you are teaching where a license is not required, you have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state)

Are you eligible for the state loan? 

  • The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NC-SEAA) will lend the assessment fee of $1900 upfront to any eligible teacher. Candidates may use the funds to pay for and submit components, at $475 per component. 

    Teachers are eligible for the NC-SEAA loan if they:

    • Are paid entirely from state funds;
    • Have taught three full years in North Carolina public schools (This includes DOC, DHHS, Office of Juvenile Justice, and licensed public charter schools);
    • Hold a valid, clear, continuing Standard Professional II North Carolina teaching license;
    • Engage in direct classroom instruction or library/media or guidance counseling work at least 70% of the time over the course of the academic year.

What other types of support can you receive?

  • North Carolina provides support to eligible teachers seeking board certification by:

    • providing up to three days of paid release time for new candidates who meet the requirements for the state loan;
    • granting one full cycle of licensure renewal credit for those teachers who complete all components of the assessment within the assessment cycle; and
    • paying eligible National Board Certified Teachers a salary differential (separate salary schedule) of 12% of their state salary for the life of the certificate.