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Department of Professional Growth Systems


Mission & Vision

  • Implement structures to support the professional growth of all candidates on their journey to achievement.
  • Create systems and structures to increase the diversity of NBCTs and candidates for NBC in the district.
  • Provide access to the fee support program to cover the cost of components.

Do you want to start the NBC process in the 2024-2025 cycle?

Please open the Initial Candidate Resource Board in order to:

  • View the recording of the information session [required for all candidates].
  • Access the directions to receive fee support to cover the cost of certification [deadline to apply is September 2, 2024].
  • Register for Summer Jump Start Workshop for a strong beginning [deadline to register is June 17, 2024].


Continuing Candidates who already began the NBC process and Maintenance of Certification Candidates, please visit applicable resource board under "CURRENT CANDIDATES" below.

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



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



Initial Candidate Resource Board

  • Resource for candidates in their first year working on NBC in the 2024-2025 school year.

Continuing Candidate Resource Board

  • Resource for candidates who have already completed the first year of their candidacy. 

Maintenance of Certificate Resource Board

  • Resource for current NBCTs whose certificate expires in 2024 or 2025 and are working on the Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) process.

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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