Washington State National Board Certification - NBCT Spotlight
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)
Beginning with the upcoming school year, we will be spotlighting NBCTs through a Medium account and social media campaign.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s teacher license. From the 2017 cycle and on, National Board Certificates are valid for 5 years, and educators must begin the Maintenance of Certification process during their third and fourth years as NBCTs to extend the certificate's life for an additional 5 years. The 2020 cycle will be the last year for NBCTs (expiring in 2021) to renew their National Board Certificate for 10 years.
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). With nearly 11,000 NBCTs, Washington state has the third largest group of NBCTs in the nation and consistently certifies the most NBCTs of any state.
To seek National Board Certification you must meet the following requirements prior to applying:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree
- Have completed three full years of K-12 teaching/counseling experience
- Possess a valid state teaching/counseling license
NB Matters video
This video, featuring Washington State NBCTs, highlights the direct impact the National Board process has had on their students and professional career