State of National Board in South Carolina

New National Board Information

We have been informed that the National Board process is changing.  Teachers who apply before January 1, 2014 will follow the “old” system of ten entries (four portfolio entries, six assessment center exercises).  Candidates who apply on or after January 1, 2014 will complete their work under the “new” National Board system.  According to NBPTS, “We are revising the process to incorporate the latest research and best practice in the field and to reduce barriers so that more students can learn from Board-certified teachers. As some of you may recall, certification was last updated in 2001.”  Teachers who find it necessary to become retake candidates will continue with the system under which they first submitted their entries. 

Highlights of the “New” System

  • The “new” system will apply to initial candidates for the 2014-2015 cycle.  The application for this cycle will open in spring 2014. 
  • The “new” system will consist of four modules rather than 10 entries.  This is simply a repackaging and does not indicate that the NB process will be any less rigorous. 
  • The four modules will include a revised assessment center module (likely 4 assessment center exercises), a revised student work portfolio, a revised video portfolio, and an impact and accomplishments portfolio. 
  • NBPTS will only release two modules in 2014-2015.  An additional module will be released in 2015-2016, and the final module in 2016-2017.  This means that it will take teachers a minimum of three years to certify during the roll-out of the “new” system.
  • Beginning in 2016-2017, NBPTS will have all four modules available and teachers could certify in one year. 
  • The cost for the “new” system will be reduced to around $2000.  Each module will cost no more than $500.  Candidates will be able to pay for individual modules. 

NBPTS will continue to emphasize:

  • National Board Standards
  • Five Core Propositions
  • Architecture of Accomplished Teaching
  • A performance-based, peer-review model
  • Content knowledge and commitment to student learning

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Be a pioneer for the teaching profession

There’s a reason teachers who go through the process of becoming Board certified call it “transformative.” Not only are there tangible career benefits, but teachers learn to become even more effective in the classroom. The National Board is updating the certification process to work even better for educators.

The National Board is recruiting teachers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students seeking a teaching license, to participate in field tests of the new efficient and affordable National Board certification process. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of the teaching profession and experience a sample of the process that thousands of teachers have called transformative.

National Board Certification is the profession’s highest mark of accomplished teaching – performance-based and peer-reviewed. The revisions will make the certification process more flexible, affordable and efficient so that many more teachers and students can benefit. National Board Certified Teachers as well as teachers who have not yet achieved certification are invited to apply for the field tests.

As a token of thanks for their time, participants will also be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or up to $50 in gift cards for either or Powell's Books. All participants will also receive a letter of commendation from the National Board.

For those not currently Board certified, participating in a field test will provide an inside look into the process at no cost. 

Board-certified teachers can participate in one or more field tests to gain first-hand experience with the revisions. Participation in a field test also provides a professional learning opportunity which could be used to document how teachers are members of learning communities. Help us make certification a process that works for you.


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The SC legislature passed provisos 1A.33 and 1A.50.  The following is provided for information concerning supplements.

  • The salary supplement continues at the $7500 level for anyone who has been certified and who completed the National Board application process (as an initial candidate) prior to July 1, 2010.
  • For any candidate who made their application to NB in 2009 - June 30, 2010, the supplement shall be paid in the year following the year of achieving certification. For example, if a person applied from January 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010 and receives certification in the fall of 2013, his/her supplement will not begin until the 2014-15 school year.
  • If an NBCT enters into a renewal cycle (in their 8th or 9th year of certification), he/she will receive a 2nd ten year salary supplement (at the $7500 level), if the NB process was initially started prior to July 1, 2010. The July 1, 2010 deadline refers to his/her initial application to NB. 
  • If an NBCT waits until their 9th year of certification to begin the renewal process, he/she could see a lapse in their NB supplement. NBCTs are encouraged to begin the renewal process in his/her 8th year of certification.
  • If a person applies after July 1, 2010, and is certified by the National Board, he/she will receive a $5000 salary supplement in the year of achieving certification, not to exceed 10 years of the national certificate.

National Board Directory

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® is responsible for maintaining the official National Board Directory. You can access the directory here.

National Board Certified Teachers' Impact in South Carolina

In March 2008, CERRA surveyed more than 2,000 NBCTs who were teaching in South Carolina at the time. This highly anticipated survey affirms what other research says about the impact of National Board Certification and provides facts and figures specific to NBCTs in the Palmetto State. The report was published in March 2010 and can be found here.

CERRA is here to help you become a NBCT

The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement provides on-going candidate support through its statewide system of district liaisons.

The SC National Board proviso limits the number of new National Board candidates eligible for the $5,000 supplement to 900 in fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014).

Read more information about Candidate Support Workshops.

Contacts at CERRA

Jenna Hallman
Program Director
800-476-2387 x6412

General Questions

Local National Board Summit Recommendation Report

Malia Dunn, a National Board Certified Teacher in Chesterfield County and former member of the CERRA Advisory Board, hosted the state's first-ever Local National Board Summit at Hartsville Middle School on September 29, 2007. NBCTs from surrounding counties attended the summit and generated recommendations pertinent to National Board Certified Teachers at the local level. The full report, released in November 2007, is available for download.







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