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National Board Certification (NBC) is a certification program designed and administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). NBC is available to teachers nationwide and requires candidates to demonstrate their teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. For additional information, visit the NBPTS website at or call at 800-22TEACH (800-228-3224).

Of the nearly 64,000 teachers nationwide, 564 Iowans have successfully proven themselves to be accomplished teachers by achieving NBC. Use the NBCT Directory to locate and contact certified teachers in your area and across the nation by visiting

Pursuant to amendments made to Iowa Code section 256.44 (2007 Iowa Acts, Chapter 108), the financial incentives for National Board Certified teachers are available only to teachers who applied for National Board Certification on or before December 31, 2007. Funds are available to honor the registration reimbursement in Iowa Administrative Code 84.3 and the annual awards in Iowa Administrative Code 84.4 for eligible individuals. Please review the following information packet for registration fee reimbursement and annual award information.


National Board Certification Awards

$2,500 Annual Award

NBC 2500 Annual Award Application 2014-2015


First-Time Candidates

The Iowa Department of Education has received funding for first-time candidates that have not received funding for reimbursement of the registration fee for candidacy.  First-time candidates can be subsidized for up to one-half of the fee ($1,250).  See the following subsidy instructions and application form for additional information.

2014 NBC Subsidy Instructions

2014 NBC Subsidy Application

Four license renewal units may be earned for successful completion of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.  This may be used on time to renew either the standard or the master educator license.  Contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners at 515-284-3245 for more information.


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 27, 2015 at 3:53pm.