National Board Certification
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The National Board certification standards describe the highest level of teaching within different disciplines and with students at different developmental levels. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and other educational experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. NBPTS Standards can be found at

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, National Board Certification, offered by the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), recognizes the accomplished teaching in North Carolina's classrooms. National Board bases this certification process on high and rigorous standards that evaluates teaching practice through performance-based assessments.

According to research conducted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teachers who have achieved National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) significantly outperform their peers who are not Board Certified on 11 of 13 key dimensions of teaching expertise, according to a study released by the National Board. Based on student work samples, the study's authors declared that National Board Certification "is identifying and certifying teachers who are producing students who differ in profound and important ways from those taught by non-certified teachers."

Information for Candidates

North Carolina offers loan assistance to candidates, funding their initial certification process. Interested teachers should apply to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to obtain a candidate ID# before applying for the NC NBC loan for funding. More information about National Board Certification can be found at and NC DPI.  Specific application information can be found here.  This year's application deadline is January 31, 2017.

State funded candidates are also allowed professional leave days in order to work on initial certification.  

Registration Window (first-time and returning candidates)

January 31, 2017

Application Window (renewal candidates)      

 January 31, 2017

Fee Payment Deadline

January 31, 2017

Change of Certificate and/or Specialty Area

(first-time candidates only)

January 31, 2017

Change of Component Selection

January 31, 2017

Withdrawal Deadline


January 31, 2017

 ePortfolio Submission Window


April 1 - May 17, 2017

Assessment Center Testing Window


April 1 - June 15, 2017


Johnston County Support Team

Johnston County Schools also offers a series of support sessions throughout the year in order to help candidates get organized, obtain feedback, and network with others.  Sign up in My Learning Plan. - more info -

Kathy Price, Office of Professional Learning (919.934.7325 x1003)
Lauren Sabo, JCS District NBCT Support

For more information about state assistance, completing the application, or candidate support contact

Dr. Sonja Brown; NC DPI National Board Certification at 919.807.3358

Elic Senter; NC Association of Educators at 1.800.662.7924 x227

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