National Board Certification

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Thank you for your interest in pursuing your National Board Certification. It is a demanding yet fulfilling professional development experience. - But do not worry. There is support and guidance for anyone who is ready to take the next steps. 

The National Board certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practices. There are 25 certificate areas with four components that are assessed. The current certification process consists of the following four components:

  • Component One: Content Knowledge

  • Component Two: Differentiation in Instruction

  • Component Three: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment

  • Component Four: Effective and Reflective Practitioner

National Board Certification Resources and Supports

Free Canvas Courses - There are seven modules designed to help you learn more about National Board Standards and the certification process. It is self paced and free to enroll. Click on the link below. 

Upcoming Webinars - This schedule and the links provided are for educators interested in pursuing certification. 

Candidate Resources - These guides include key certification documents and additional resources to support you on your journey. You can find sample timelines, planning guides for the components, and resources to support writing about your teaching practice. 

Third Party Support Programs/Supports - You will find fee support links specific to North Carolina on this link along with the NCDPI contact, Mrs. Toya Kimbrough. 

National Board Cost and Payment Plan

This link will give you costs and steps to create your National Board Account. 

For more information or help in regards to next steps on the National Board process, please contact Roy Henderson, Director of Human Resources at

National Board Informational Links

2022-23 Important Dates and Deadlines

Registration Window

July 13, 2022 - February 28, 2023

Registration (includes payment of $75 fee)

February 28, 2023

Component Selection (includes payment of component fees)

February 28, 2023

Change of Certificate and/or Specialty Area

February 28, 2023

Change of Component Selection

February 28, 2023

Withdrawal Deadline

February 28, 2023

Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window

March 1 - June 15, 2023

ePortfolio Submission Window

April 1 - May 17, 2023

Score Release

December 9, 2023