National Board Certification Recognizes Excellent Teachers

The National Board Certification Program is a voluntary assessment designed to develop, recognize and retain accomplished teachers.  National Board Certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years for a candidate to complete. Candidates must successfully demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices in order to be awarded the certification.

With more than 3,200 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), Mississippi ranks 8th in the nation in the number of teaching professionals with the advanced credential. Our state awards an annual salary incentive of $6,000 to teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.

Significantly, a study by the National Research Council found that students taught by NBCTs achieve higher gains in standardized test scores than students taught by other teachers. Studies also have shown that National Board Certification has a positive impact on teacher retention, with NBCTs likely to remain in the profession longer than other teachers.

To encourage more teachers to seek National Board Certification, Mississippi provides support for the rigorous certification process through “World-Class Teaching” programs and initiatives at colleges and universities across the state.

For more information about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which administers the certification process, visit

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