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Department of Professional Growth Systems



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

  • Actively focusing on ensuring 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.
  • Provide candidates guidance and support in order to be able to access fee support to cover the cost of components.


Initial candidates are those who are beginning the National Board process in the 2023-2024 school year. Window to apply for fee support to cover the cost of certification is now open through September 1, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

Initial Candiddates only, click here to access resources, information session recording and the directions to apply for fee support. 


Continuing candidates are those who have already submitted components for National Board Certification last year and/or the year before. The below resources are for continuing candidates only. 


The fee support application is for NBCTs who wish to work on MOC in the 2023-2024 school year because their National Board Certificate is expiring in 2024 or 2025. Click here to access resources and the application directions.

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

Eligibile Teachers

Blueprint Eligible Job Codes in MCPS

Salary Supplements for NBC

Salary Supplements Explanation

verify your pay grade and salary



General Overview

MCPS NBC Information Sheet

MCPS NBPTS Resource Toolkit

Spring 2023 Information Session

Support Structures

MCEA Summer Jump Start

  • Registration closes June 30, 2023

CPD Credit Component Support Courses

  • Registration will open September 2023
  • Courses will begin October 2023



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

  • Only available for those in an MCEA-level position
  • Only those components paid out of pocket the year you achieve for candidates are reimbursable.
  • Click here for full information about tuition reimbursement.

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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