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National Board Certification

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.


While teacher licensure systems set the basic requirements to teach in each state, completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have voluntarily gone much further. NBCTs have developed and demonstrated the advanced knowledge, skills and practices required of an outstanding educator.

Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers. They represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished, effective teachers should know and be able to do to improve student learning and achievement. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas, from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Certification consists of four components: written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. Throughout its more than 25-year history, the National Board has sought to review and revise its standards and certification process to reflect best practices in teaching. Throughout the process, you will be able to apply what you’re learning to your classroom practice and connect with other teachers pursuing certification. Recognizing the many demands on teachers’ time, the process is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable.

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SD DOE National Board Certification Teacher Cohort
The SD Dept of Education has established a cohort for teachers who are pursuing National Board Certification. The goal of the cohort is to provide support and guidance as you move through the NBCT process. If you would like to be part of this cohort you must:
  1. Create an account with NBCT and register to begin the certification process here:
  2. You must allow "Third Party Requests' under NB Service Requests. This will allow our Candidate Support Facilitators to see your registration information.
  3. Complete the short survey indicating your wish to be part of the cohort here:
National Board Certification - Teachers Resources
National Board Process Quick Overview
Guide to National Board Certification
National Certified School Counselor

**Counselors must obtain the NCSC specialty certificate under NCC to qualify for DOE reimbursement**

The National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) certification recognizes counselors who demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in school counseling. This certification shows one has met national standards for the specialty practice, including additional education and experience requirements and a specialty examination.

Benefits of certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Application requirements.

Fee Reimbursement and Stipend program

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the 2016 Legislature approved a K-12 education package that reinstated the stipends for South Dakota public school teachers and counselors who seek National Board Certification. Retroactive reimbursement payments for years 1-5 of certification will be paid in calendar year 2016. Retroactive reimbursement payments for years 6-10 of certification will be paid in calendar year 2017.

Individuals obtaining a National Board Teachers certificate or a National Certified School Counselor certificate, that are employed by a South Dakota public school may be eligible for the following:

    Fee payments

    Upon obtaining National Board Certification or National Certified School Counselor certification, the Department of Education shall reimburse any fees personally paid by the teacher or counselor for initial, retake, and Take One applications. Reimbursement of fees is limited as follows:

    1. Does not include fees paid by a scholarship or outside source;
    2. Is available for public school teachers and counselors only; and
    3. Is paid only for those teachers obtaining National Board Certification or National Certified School Counselor certification as a certified teacher or school counselor employed in South Dakota.

    Stipend payments

    Each $2,000 stipend ($1,000 to be paid by the Department of Education and $1,000 to be paid by the school district) is paid annually to a teacher, school counselor*, or administrator who has obtained National Board or National Certified School Counselor certification. A payment must follow these guidelines:

    1. A stipend is paid to a public school teacher, school counselor*, or administrator only;
    2. A National Board Certified Teacher or National Certified School Counselor* who moves into public school administration is eligible for continued stipend payments;
    3. The Department of Education shall notify each school district of any individual eligible for the stipend. The school district shall make payment during the school term the teacher first obtains National Board or National Certified School Counselor* certification and during the following four school terms;
    4. A district may opt to continue the stipend payment for an additional five years to be matched by the Department of Education up to a maximum of $1000;
    5. If an individual does not complete an entire year of teaching or counseling or is teaching or counseling part-time in the public school district, the stipend is pro-rated for the number of months of service to the district;
    6. A district may make the determination on how to fulfill the district's payment responsibilities to the candidate.

    *Pursuant to SD Codified Law 13-1-54 regarding National Certified School Counselors, a counselor who has earned the credential of National Certified School Counselor MAY receive a payment of two thousand dollars per year. The department is not required to pay a teacher a stipend unless the school district employing the counselor opts to pay a stipend. As long as funding is available, the department plans to pay the State portion of the stipend ($1,000).

Required Claim Forms
Certification Years 1-5 Stipend Claim Form
Certification Years 6-10 Stipend Claim Form
Fee Reimbursement Claim Form
Form W-9
Related Resources
ARSD: Rules regarding National Board Certification reimbursement
SD State Statute: 13-42-26 – Codified Law Addressing National Board Certified Teachers reimbursement
SD State Statute 13-1-54 – Codified Law Addressing National Board Certified School Counselors reimbursement
SDEA’s Jump Start! Training

    NEA National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification — all in a supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

  • Mon., July 22 - Wed., July 24, 2019
  • Arrowhead Resort & Conference Center at Cedar Shore in Oacoma, SD
  • Registration