National Board Certification

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    Guilford County Schools is proud to have 155 National Board Certified Teachers, which ranks our district third in the state and 15th in the nation for board certified teachers.

    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 can 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.


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     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 (8.0 CEUs)
    • Send a copy of your congratulatory letter from NBPTS to the Staffing Office
      • CEUs earned for completing or renewing NBPTS must be applied within the renewal cycle in which the educator earned the certificate or renewal of certification. 
      • You can no longer "bank" credits for a future renewal 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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