National Board Certification is recognition of accomplished teaching because National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) have met the highest standards set by the profession. National Board Certification provides recognition of accomplished teaching that is meaningful to administrators/districts in hiring and identifying teacher leaders; financial incentives, raises, or bonuses are available in some districts and states; is helpful in teacher evaluations and retention; and provides more portability if an NBCT moves to most states.

Starting in the 2014-15 cycle, a revised process to become an NBCT will be rolled out and will be completely revised by the 2017-18 cycle. Candidates will now be able to choose to work on one or more component at a time, for a fee of $475 per component. This is a major change in the process, making it possible for candidates to complete the process in smaller chunks, and is more affordable. There are two Music certificate areas, ages 3-12 or ages 11-18+.  Complete information is online in the 2014 Guide to National Board Certification.

The National Board Certification process requires candidates to analyze and reflect on their musicianship and instruction, knowledge of their students, connections they create with parents and community, collaboration with music colleagues, and their professional growth.

For the complete 2014 candidate guide, Music Standards for teachers, eligibility, fee support, candidate support, and register to begin this amazing professional growth journey go to or call 800-22TEACH.

Congratulations to CMEA Members who have achieved National Board Certification!