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National Board Certification Support Program

The Watson College of Education National Board Certification Support Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington began in 2001 and continues to be a valuable resource for participants throughout the 2021-2022 certification cycle. Activities and delivery sequence are structured to provide intensive support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented each year by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Currently, support sessions are offered for initial, advanced and maintenance of certification (renewal) candidates. We are proud to now offer our support sessions in a hybrid format so candidates can join from on campus or anywhere! Please join our support network available to teachers across the state of North Carolina. For more information and registration options please click the appropriate tab to the left.

The goals of this program are:

  1. To link university faculty and public school educators in providing on-going support to southeast North Carolina educators seeking professional renewal and recognition
  2. To provide information, support, and facilitated work sessions for National Board Certification Candidates
  3. To engage the Watson College of Education National Board Network in providing support, resources, and feedback during the process
  4. To provide sustained electronic support, for the duration of the National Board Certification process
  5. To create a foundation of stakeholders that will construct and maintain a supportive environment for National Board Candidacy

Over the last 15+ years the Watson College of Education National Board Certification Support Program has served over 1,500 educators in various capacities across the state of North Carolina.

  • Since 2001, the program has supported 1,282 initial candidates, 117 advanced candidates, and 151 renewal candidates through various workshops.
  • Since 2001, the initial candidate workshops have supported educators across 37 North Carolina school districts and 1 South Carolina district, including 262 teachers from New Hanover County Schools, 133 teachers from Onslow County Schools, 135 teachers from Brunswick County Schools, 90 teachers from Pender County Schools, and 94 teachers from Duplin County Schools.
  • Since its publication in 2009, the program has sold 260 copies of "10 Self-Guided Steps: Supporting Your Own National Board Certification Journey," a workbook written and compiled by Beth Metcalf, National Board Certified Teacher and former WCE Teacher-in-Residence.
  • North Carolina still holds the largest number of NBCTs in the nation boasting over 23,000 teachers holding this advanced certification! Additionally, the state is the home of Phillip Riggs, a NBCT from NCSSM who was awarded the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is ranked 21st in the nation, 8th in the state, in supporting and producing NBCTs!
  • Read further about North Carolina rising as a leader in National Board Certification!