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


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has recently revised the National Board Certification process.  The changes to the certification process were phased-in over a three-year period beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. All revisions are complete as of the 2017-2018 school year.   

The current certification process consists of four components: 

  • Component One:    Content Knowledge 
  • Component Two:    Differentiation in Instruction
  • Component Three:  Teaching Practice and Learning Environment 
  • Component Four:   Effective and Reflective Practitioner 

This information and the sites referenced below are updated periodically as more information about the National Board certification process becomes available.  To learn more information, follow the steps below:

  1. Review all information on the National Board website.
  2. Review the Guide to National Board Certification.
  3. Review the Component 1 At-a-Glance and Component 2 At-a-Glance documents in the Candidate Info section.
  4. Meet all National Board Eligibility Requirements at the time of application, including the completion of at least three years of teaching, school counseling, or working in the media center. 
  5. Review the NC eligibility for NBPTS Pay Differential. 
  6. Review the NC eligibility criteria for state loan funding.
  7. Apply directly to National Board at using the National Board Certification Online Application.  This includes paying the $75 annual processing charge. *Note:  You must check “yes” to releasing information to a third party on the NB application. The third parties are the State (for loan funding), WCS (for renewal credits and salary increase), and NCCAT.
  8. If you are applying for state funding, complete the  North Carolina National Board state loan funding application on or before the deadline (December 31).  If you are eligible for State loan funding, do not pay anything except the $75.00 processing charge to National Board—you will not be reimbursed.  Please note that loan funding is limited.

  9. Complete and send to Sherri Jernigan at Central Office the WCS National Board Candidate Information form
  10. Note: You may complete components in any order but you should only order components you are ready to complete. You may take up to 3 years to complete all of the certification requirements. Once you order a component, you must complete it by the submission deadline. 


Use this checklist to ensure you complete all steps.

  • I applied online through National Board and paid the $75 annual processing charge.
  • I completed the North Carolina loan funding application online, if applicable. (Funds limited so apply early)
  • I signed the promissory note if I applied for state loan funding.
  • I completed and returned to Sherri Jernigan at Central Office the WCS National Board Candidate Information form. 
  • I am on my way to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher!


Visit the NC National Board Certification Wikispace


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