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National Board Certification

What is National Board Certification?

National Board Certification (NBC) is an advanced teaching credential and a challenging professional development experience offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). NBC is a voluntary certification system based on high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do, and consists of an innovative two-part portfolio and assessment center process that spans several months. Candidates must have at least three years of documented experience to begin the process.

NBCT-An Introduction to the Certification Process

Webinar | Powerpoint | Examples of NBCT Contract Language


MEA Sponsored National Board Certification Workshops

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

September 22* - Augusta Area Kickoff

September 23* - Bangor Area Kickoff

October 27

December 8

January 12

February 9

March 16

May 4

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Workshops


These workshops are designed to give you the information and encouragement that you need to complete the National Board Certification process. Find out what is involved, the time commitments required and how to get assistance with fees. The State of Maine has set aside $75,000 to cover the cost of scholarships for National Board fees for candidates and those who achieve certification are eligible for a $3,000 yearly salary supplement provided by the state.


Connect with other Maine candidates as you engage in the National Board process, learn the difference between Teaching Standards and Content Standards and what evidence of accomplished teaching really means. Tips for establishing time lines, organizing the work, and accessing resources for candidate support will also be shared.

Those who choose to participate in these sessions will be joining a unique professional learning community. Please plan to attend all sessions, or as many as possible, as they build one upon another with guided reflective activities and practice. Participants will also receive 5.5 contact hours for each session they complete, to be awarded at the end of the school year.  

Sessions are held in Augusta at MEA Headquarters at 35 Community Dirve,  and MEA Bangor Office at 1349 Broadway.  Sessions run from 9 to 3 p.m. Morning coffee and snacks and lunch will be provided for participants. Dates for this year are listed below.

All workshops are sponsored by the Maine Education Association and facilitated by trained Professional Learning Facilitators who are NBTs. There is no fee for members to attend the workshops. The Candidate Support Workshops are a benefit to MEA members. Non-members are welcome but are expected to pay a participation fee.

Important Links:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board Certification

Maine DOE - National Board Certification

National Board Certification Salary Supplement

Revisions to Certfication Process

Start the Certification Process

Scholarship Funds for Teachers

NBCTs of Maine - Facebook page

First-time and Returning Candidates

Renewal Candidates


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