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What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification (NBC) is the highest level of certification that can be achieved by teachers in the United States. National Board certification is a voluntary process. Teachers earn certification by completing a rigorous process involving self-reflection, classroom video analysis, and demonstration of student growth. Just under 3 percent of the nation's teachers are certified. At this time, about 2.5% of Boston's teachers are certified. By the end of the 2019/2020 school year, we aim to significantly increase the number of certified teachers in our district's classrooms in order to impact student achievement and growth. Learn more about National Board Certification here.

What are the Benefits of National Board Certification?

  • Opportunity to demonstrate evidence of accomplished teaching measured by national standards.

  • Research supported impact on student learning

  • A rigorous professional development process that takes place in your classroom and with your students

  • Advancement to professional licensure

  • Leadership Opportunities

  • 4% pay increase under current BTU contract and reimbursement of fees upon certification

  • Opportunity to earn graduate credit



Candidate Support in BPS


Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union are pleased to offer candidate support through online learning courses, connecting candidates with a National Board Certified Reader, and through school based cohorts.

Learn more and register here for candidate support opportunities for summer 2020





National Board info session developed by the NBLT.

6.12.2019 Online Information Session