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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: NOVEMBER 26, 2002


State Superintendent Mike Ward today announced that North Carolina once again leads the nation in the number of teachers who have earned certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the most accepted symbol of teaching excellence in the United States.

North Carolina has a total of 5,137 teachers who have earned the certification, including 1,469 teachers who just learned of their new status last week. National Board Certification was first offered in 1994, when eight North Carolina teachers received this important professional credential. The number of North Carolina teachers receiving the certification has grown dramatically since then; today equaling about 6 percent of North Carolina’s teaching force.

For a list of the newly certified teachers go to (pdf, 190kb)*.

Florida ranks second in the number of Nationally Board certified teachers with 3,490. South Carolina ranks third with 2,350.

State Superintendent Ward said that he was heartened so many North Carolina teachers pursue National Board Certification. "Achieving National Board Certification demonstrates a strong professional and personal commitment. I want to commend all those teachers who added this pursuit to their already full days."

The State Board of Education has been very supportive of National Board certification also. "I want to thank the General Assembly and the entire State Board of Education for their continued commitment to National Certification," Phil Kirk, Board chairman, said. "The process of achieving certification helps teachers hone their professional skills, and the Board sees this as beneficial for students as well."

North Carolina supports efforts by teachers to achieve National Board Certification in the following ways:

  • Payment up front of the $2,300 assessment fee. (Teachers are obligated to teach in the state the following year whether they achieve National Board Certification or not.)
  • Three paid release days from normal teacher responsibilities in order to develop their portfolios.
  • A 12 percent salary supplement to the teachers’ regular salary, good for the 10-year life of the certification.
  • 15 continuing education units (CEUs) awarded to the individual for completing the National Board Certification process.

Also, the State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who possess National Board Certification.

National Board Certification assessments require teachers to demonstrate teaching practice, content knowledge and pedagogical-content knowledge. Nationally, approximately half of all applicants receive certification. Certification is currently available to teachers in 27 fields.

A study in 2000 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards concluded that teachers who had achieved the certification tended to have an edge over non-certified teachers in terms of delivering instruction to students. The certified teachers were seen as more likely to use a variety of instructional approaches to meet students’ needs.

For more information about National Board Certification, please contact Joyce Loveless, Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention, NC Department of Public Instruction, 919.807.3358.

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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.