The total number of teachers reported here is based on the teachers the state has defined as "classroom" teachers. There are other adults who work in school buildings, many of whom work with children, who are not counted here.
National Board Certification:
National Board Certification is offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification is not required for teaching in the state of North Carolina, but it is a voluntary way for teachers to seek additional professional credentials that recognize their advanced teaching skills and techniques. Candidates for National Board Certification gather a portfolio of their work (including student work samples, lesson plans, and videotapes of their teaching) and complete a detailed analysis of the work they are submitting. In addition, all candidates spend a full day taking examinations that focus on their content knowledge in their teaching field. To learn more about the National Board Certification process, visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website .
Teachers with Advanced Degrees:
This indicator is not related to Highly Qualified teacher data. The percentage in this table only includes teacher advanced degrees that have been entered into state records. The state collects information about education-related advanced degrees, but teachers with advanced degrees outside the field of education may not be included here. State records only contain information about teacher non-education advanced degrees when an individual teacher, school, or school district notifies the NC Department of Public Instruction that the teacher holds the degree.