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NBCTs Maintenance of Certification Obligations:

As a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), you must successfully meet the MOC requirements in one of the two years prior to the expiration of your certificate to maintain certification in your original certificate area. If you are unsure of your eligibility to pursue MOC, please login to your National Board account or contact customer support at 1-800-22TEACH. Submit your question using the National Board web form.

Current NBCTs with a certificate that expires on or after November 22, 2022*, are eligible to extend your certificate for five years through the MOC process if:

  1. Your initial or renewal National Board certificate is valid

  2. Your state teaching license is current and unencumbered (e.g., not suspended or revoked), and

  3. You are about to enter the year before or year that your current certificate expires. See the MOC Calendar.

Once you successfully complete MOC, your certification is extended five years from the expiration of your current National Board certificate, regardless of whether you successfully completed MOC in the year your certificate expires or the year before it expires.

There are two options for when to apply for MOC:

  • For the first option, you may apply no later than the end of February and submit your MOC evidence in May in the year before your current certificate expires. For example, if your certificate expires in 2022, you would apply no later than February 2021 (but as early as September 2020) and submit your MOC evidence in May 2021. Submitting in the year before your certificate expires allows you the opportunity to re-apply and re-submit again in the year your certificate expires if you do not meet MOC requirements in the year before it expires.

  • You may also decide to apply no later than the end of February and submit your evidence in May in the year your current certification expires. For example, if your certificate expires in 2022, you would apply no later than February 2022 (but as early as September 2021) and submit your MOC evidence in May 2022. If you decide to complete MOC in the year your current certification expires and are not successful at meeting the MOC requirements, your certificate will expire. There is no opportunity to re-apply for MOC, but you may begin National Board certification anew immediately.

National Board Designated Master Teachers

If teachers holding National Board Certification choose, they may serve as designated master teachers under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development (OCIPD).  In this role, teachers shall be expected to provide sixty (60) hours of service outside the employee’s regularly assigned work year.  Service shall be in one or more of the following areas:

  • Assistance and guidance to new teachers and/or teacher trainees.

  • Assistance and guidance to experienced teachers upon mutual agreement of the parties.

  • Assistance to National Board pre-candidates, candidates, or advanced candidates.

  • Professional development activities.

  • Curriculum development.

  • Provide direct support to students outside of the regular contract day in intervention or after-school programs.

NBCTs who accept designated master teacher status and whose most recent final evaluation is effective in all areas shall receive additional compensation at a rate of an additional five (5) percent of the base salary.

2021-2022 NB Maintenance of Certification Important Dates & Deadlines (MOC Only)