North Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with 99 additional teachers gaining the endorsement in 2016.
Nearly 21,000 teachers in North Carolina have attained national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do.
Nationally, 533 teachers earned certification in 2015-16, raising the total among all states to nearly 113,000. In addition, almost 3,400 teachers nationally achieved recertification, including 916 teachers in North Carolina. North Carolina accounts for almost 21 percent (20.83) of all teachers nationally who are certified by the teaching standards organization.
The NBPTS also ranked the top 50 public and private universities and colleges with the highest number of alumni with the national credential. Nine North Carolina universities or colleges made the top 50:
- Appalachian State University was first with 1,999
- East Carolina University, second with 1,983
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, fourth with 1,307
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro, fifth with 1,299
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte, seventh with 1,155
- North Carolina State University, 17th with 862
- Western Carolina University, 19th with 841
- University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 23rd with 790
- Meredith College, 45th with 432.
Read the December 15, 2016 news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.