National Board Certification




What is National Board Certification?


National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that complements, but does not replace, an educator’s Professional Educator Certificate. It is one of the most respected professional certifications available in the field of education and provides many professional benefits to teachers, students and schools.  It is valid for 5 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth year as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).


National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do.


For more information on the components included in achieving National Board Certification, please visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website.




In the state of Alabama, teachers who are National Board Certified are paid a $5,000 salary stipend. As of today, Alabama ranks 10th in the nation in number of NBCTs with 2,242 accomplished teachers.


Look for professional learning sessions at AEA’s statewide conferences specifically designed to aid members in the National Board Certification process.