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. Teachers attain certification by completing a rigorous certification process involving self reflection, classroom video analysis, and demonstration of student growth. Just under 3 percent (91,000) of the nation's teachers are certified. About 2.5% (125) of Boston's teachers are certified. By the end of the 2019/2020 school year, we aim to have at least 200 certified teachers in our district's classrooms.

Why become a National Board Certified Teacher?

  • Attain the highest certification in the teaching profession.
  • Many teachers say it is the most valuable transformative PD they have embarked on!
  • Rigorous professional development that takes place in your classroom and with your students.
  • BPS NBCT's earn an extra 4%.
  • Earn 9 graduate credits through the certification process.
  • Boston Public Schools reimburses certification costs.
  • The certification process meets state licensure requirements for moving to professional status.


How will BPS/BTU support you in becoming an NBCT?

The National Board Leadership Team is currently offering two types of support sessions, with more options coming in the Fall of 2019. General Information sessions provide a general overview of National Board Certification. These sessions are currently available online through Google Hangouts.

Summer Study

Using workplace, participants will begin to develop components 2 and 4 of their NBCT submission. Summer Study will kick off at the Candidate Drop-In Support Session on June 13th. Join the Workplace group to a part of Summer Study.