National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)
What are NBCTs?
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a teacher’s state license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth year as NBCTs.
National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do.
As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.
Visit the NBCTs website for more information.
In the state of Alabama, teachers who are National Board Certified are paid a $5,000 salary stipend. Alabama ranks 15th in the nation in the number of NBCTs.
Look for workshops at AEA’s statewide conferences specifically to aid members in the application and certification process.