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National Board Support Program
Related Documents:
WCS National Board Candidate Information Form
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About the WCS National Board Support Program
Applying for National Board Certification
Withdrawal Information

National Board Certification

Procedures and Requirements

We are excited you are interested in pursuing your National Board Certification. It is a demanding yet fulfilling professional development experience and is guaranteed to impact the lives of each student in your classroom as well as your life as a professional educator.

Wilson County Schools (WCS) provides all candidates an opportunity for continued support throughout the process.  The WCS National Board Support Program offers ongoing support, encouragement and feedback from the moment of application for National Board candidacy throughout the entire process.  We encourage each of you to participate and make this part of your National Board Certification process.

If you apply for National Board Certification, please do the following:

  • Review the materials
  • Apply online and pay the annual $75 registration fee
  • Follow the directions for state application for funding (now in the form of a loan for most candidates)
  • Return the “WCS National Board Candidate Information Form” so we can include you in our official WCS candidate database. 
    • This form is needed for payroll and renewal credit purposes.
    • This form is needed so you receive information regarding support sessions.

Feel free to email with questions.

Best wishes on your National Board journey! We look forward to working with you.


Sherri Jernigan
NBCT District Coordinator



You must submit the online North Carolina funding application, if applicable, to complete the process.

Important Notes:

  • Eligibility Verification forms will be requested by National Board from some first-year National Board candidates.  Candidates will be randomly selected to complete the Eligibility Verification forms.  If you are selected to complete the forms, you will be notified via email regarding the process for completing the forms.
  • Upon loan approval, North Carolina pays the application fee for all eligible teachers pursuing National Board Certification directly to NBPTS.  Any fees sent to NBPTS by an individual teacher or school district will not be reimbursed.
  • All Candidates who attempt/ complete the NBPTS Certification process are awarded a complete NC teaching license renewal cycle (8 CEUs). Renewal cnadidates are awarded 2 CEUs for successful renewal of National Board Certification (1 for content and 1 for literacy)
    • You will be contacted by the WCS Organizational Development Department after you receive your final scores.  You will not receive your renewal credit until you receive your scores in the school year in which you complete the last of the components.
  • North Carolina provides three days of professional leave for state-loan funded NBPTS candidates. The Candidate's immediate supervisor must approve all leave requested.  The three state-loan funded leave days are also available to initial certification Candidates who qualify for the state loan but choose to obtain their own funding.   Candidates must follow the eligibility guidelines to get the three days.
  • All Initial and Renewal Candidates should read the Guide to National Board Certification. Click Here .
  • Retake funding is no longer available for North Carolina retake candidates.  Candidates wishing to retake exercises, entries or components will be responsible for payment of retake fees.
  • Federal subsidy initial funding is no longer available for educators paid from federal funds.
  • Eligible teachers may locate additional sources of funding by visiting the following link:  

Questions concerning state loan funding for the NBPTS application fee should be directed to:

Dr. Sonja Brown, NC NBC Program Coordinator 919-807-3358 or

Visit the NC National Board Certification Wikispace 


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