District Support for the National Board Process

We are excited to offer district support for National Board Candidates throughout the school year.  Alisha Washington and Greg Griffin are both NBPTS certified, and they are available to work with Harnett County teachers during the certification process.  They will host information, support, and work sessions at the district office in Lillington throughout the year.  

Alisha Washington, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Greg Griffin, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

NCDPI National Board Certification Page

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.