National Board Certification

  • Guilford County Schools is proud to have 774 National Board Certified Teachers, which ranks our district ninth in the entire nation.

    National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession. It is a voluntary and rigorous process that measures what a teacher knows and is able to do. It validates you as a professional and it helps you achieve the Highly Qualified Teacher status under the No Child Left Behind Act. It is also an incredible professional development experience and it makes a difference in the classroom.

    Research shows that students of National Board Certified Teachers perform better on tests, especially in reading and math, and that being taught by an NBCT can equal an extra month of school. The process will also assist you as a professional in working with all students.

    The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards currently offers 25 certificates in a variety of developmental areas.


    Know someone that is considering National Boards? Have them subscribe to the NBPTS Newsletter below!

    NBPTS Newsletter



     Renewal Information

    All certified NBCT’s looking for information about the renewal process can visit for more information. You have two years before your certificate expires to apply for recertification. Please note: the state does not offer any financial support to cover the renewal cost.

    Employees receiving initial National Board Certification

    • Will receive a “full renewal cycle” of Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    • Send a copy of your congratulatory letter from NBPTS to the Staffing Office
      • Indicate whether you want your CEUs included in your current renewal cycle or “bank” the CEUs for your next renewal cycle
      • You cannot use portions of the NBPTS CEU credit for the current renewal cycle and “bank” a portion for the next cycle.

    Employees renewing National Board Certification

    • Will receive two (2) Continuing Education Units
    • Send a copy of your congratulatory letter from NBPTS to the Staffing Office
      • CEUs cannot be “banked” and must be used during the current cycle

    For more information, visit the NC DPI webpage concerning NBPTS at

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