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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.

NBCTs Maintenance of Certification (MOC) 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 Roadmap for Developing and Submitting MOC and MOC Calendar for important timelines and due dates.

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.

Roadmap for Developing and Submitting MOC

NB Maintenance of Certification Calendar

Meeting Dates

NBDMT  Informational Meeting 2023

Monday, September 18, 2023  from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting (Link)

Video Recording

Slide Deck

MOC Support Sessions 2023-2024

LBUSD is proud to support all NBCTs in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. To this end, LBUSD NB Support Providers will be offering differentiated, individualized support sessions. 

Click here to view available sessions.  (Use your LBUSD Google account to log in)

NB Designated Master Teacher CODA Documents

Click on the links below to access each stage of the NB Designated Master Teachers process

Teacher pages

Administrator pages

NBCT Certification Incentive Program Information

Commencing July 1, 2021, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification Incentive Program provides a $25,000 incentive award for California National Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who teach in high-priority schools. This one-time incentive award of $25,000 is paid in $5,000 installments for five consecutive years. The annual payment shall be made upon completion of the school year, and upon approval of a district-certified application.

2023–24 NBPTS Certification Incentive Application

The 2023–24 NBPTS Certification Incentive Application (Link) is for new and current eligible NBCT’s teaching at a school on the Eligible High-Priority Schools List (Link) after July 1, 2023. If you submitted an application and were eligible in 2022-2023, then you will apply with the "Returning Applicant" for the incentive application. This application will close on January 10, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Click here for more information.