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Department of Professional Growth Systems




Mission & Vision

Create structures and supports that guide candidates their pathway to achieve National Board Certification by:

  • Being proactive to ensure a diverse pool of NBC candidates and National Board Certified Teachers in the district.
  • Implementing structures to support candidates to understand their component directions and to stay on track throughout the year as they work on this independent project through Jump Start and component support courses.
  • Providing candidates guidance and support in order to be able to access fee support to cover the cost of components.
Initial Candidate Resource Board
  • Resource for candidates who will be submitting NBC components for the first time in the 2023-2024 school year with fee support.
  • The window to apply for fee support to cover the cost of components has closed for the 2023-2024 cycle and will re-open in June 2024 for the 2024-2025 cycle.
Continuing Candidate Resource Board
  • Resource for candidates who already submitted components in a previous cycle with fee support. 
Maintenance of Certificate Resource Board
  • Resource for current National Board Certified Teachers whose certificate expires in 2024 or 2025 and are working on renewing their certificate through the Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) process.
Amy Huque

NBC Coordinator

Karen Shilling, NBCT

NBC Support

Java Robinson, NBCT

MCEA Liaison for NBC Courses and Course Facilitators

Christine Gibson 

NBC Clerical Support

Contact the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Customer Support
Phone: 1-800-22TEACH



The Blueprint for Maryland's Future

Eligible Teachers

Blueprint Eligible Job Codes in MCPS

Salary Supplements for NBC

Salary Supplements Explanation

verify your pay grade and salary



Cost of Certification

  • Four components: Cost $475 each. Total: $1900
  • Retakes cost $475-$500 each
  • $75 annual NBPTS registration fee (non-refundable and non-reimbursable)
  • CPD component support courses cost $60 each (non-refundable and non-reimbursable)

Fee Support Program

  • All four components: Covered
  • One retake per component: Covered
  • NBPTS registration fee & CPD course: NOT Covered
  • Teachers must meet the eligiblity criteria of the NBPTS and be in an eligible job code
  • Application on Careers will open early June

Tuition Reimbursement

  • Per the MCEA contract, tuition reimbursement for National Board components is available.
  • More specific information regarding tuition reimbursement processes will be provided September 2024 or before.

Maintenance of Certificate (MOC)

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) must renew their certificate every 5 years (10 years for some teachers who certified in the past). 

Submit one ePortfolio to NBPTS called MOC. MOC costs $495 plus a $75 registration fee. Candidates can work on MOC the last year or the year before the certificate expires.

Why recertify?

Blueprint for Maryland's Future legislation increases emphasis on NBC by expressing the desire for:

  • All teachers to hold NBC and providing salary supplements

  • All Administrators, including Principals, to hold or to be working toward achieving NBC.

  • Teachers and leaders who wish to move up the Career Ladder to either hold or be working toward NBC.

If you allow your NBC to lapse, you will need to start the process again as an initial candidate.


NBCT Network of Diversity for NBCTs and Candidates of Color

The primary goal of NNOD is to increase the diversity of National Board Certified Teachers in MCPS.

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