Director, National Board Certification
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: (360) 725.6116
Washington State outpaces the nation with the number of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), regularly ranking among the top five states with the most new NBCTs. To date, 7,259 Washington State teachers have achieved National Board Certification, including Jeffrey Charbonneau, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. The state offers comprehensive support for teachers interested in seeking National Board Certification, including conditional loans that cover the majority of the application fee, Jump Start and Home Stretch candidate support programs sponsored by the Washington Education Association (WEA); and an annual NBCT bonus.
Washington State recognizes National Board Certification as fulfilling the renewal requirements for state certification for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater. Candidates who complete the assessment process receive the equivalent of 45 continuing education credit hours (clock hours). Upon achieving National Board Certification, NBCTs receive an additional 45 continuing education credit hours for a total of 90 continuing education credit hours.
Washington State provides an annual base bonus of $5,000 to all eligible K-12 public school NBCTs. Teachers in qualifying challenging schools are eligible to receive an additional bonus up to $5,000 based on the teacher’s percentage of time spent at the qualifying challenging school. View the corresponding legislation for additional guidance on eligibility criteria.
The Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) offers eligible candidates conditional loans to cover the majority of the candidate fee. The OSPI loan is based in part on a series of essay questions the applicant must complete and some federal- and state-required demographic considerations. Applications are assessed by NBCTs from around the state. While the scores on the essays are important, they are not the sole factor in determining whether a candidate will receive a loan. All candidates are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with a candidate cohort group. Candidates who receive the OSPI loan are required to join a cohort group with an OSPI-approved support provider. For more information, please visit the OSPI website.
Local Support - Some school districts use Title monies to provide fee support to candidates seeking certification. Please inquire with your principal or central office personnel to see if this is a possibility for you.
Scholarships for fee support may be available for Washington State teachers. For additional information, view an overview of all current scholarships here.
State Support – Nine universities and a number of school districts hire NBCTs as facilitators to support candidates through the certification process. Visit the OSPI website to download a list of OSPI-approved university and district candidate support providers.
Local Support – Click on school districts on the OSPI directory to download the list of districts that provide any type of support for candidates and NBCTs. *Please note: Listed districts may or may not be on the approved support provider list.
Universities frequently provide graduate-level credit to teachers pursuing National Board Certification or allow National Board work to be counted towards a master’s degree. Please inquire with your local university to see if this is a possibility for you.