National Board Certification - FAQ

What is National Board Certification?

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an organization of teachers and other education stakeholders working to advance the teaching profession and to improve student learning. National Board Certification is a credential attesting that a teacher has been assessed by high rigorous standards of excellence. Certification indicates an accomplished teacher is one who makes sound professional judgments about student learning and acts effectively on those judgments.

How do I become a candidate?

The eligibility requirements to apply for certification are to:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have taught for a minimum of three years
  • Have held a teaching certificate for three years, and have taught in accredited schools.

What financial incentives are there for teachers to obtain National Board certification?
The State of Florida does not offer any incentives for National Board candidates or those certified.  The Okaloosa School District does offer a stipend to National Board teachers.  The amount varies from year to year.  For the amount of the supplement please consult the current instructional salary schedule for the Okaloosa School District.