Does the state require or provide additional pay for teachers who obtain National Board Certification?

Does the state require or provide additional pay for teachers who obtain National Board Certification?

October 2019

Overview: Thirty-two states provide opportunities for additional pay for teachers who obtain National Board Certification. In 14 states, the reward is higher for teachers who work in shortage subject areas and/or underserved schools. Board certification stipends are often subject to legislative appropriations.

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Does the state provide or require additional pay for teachers who obtain National Board Certification? Citations
Alabama Yes. Alabama provides an annual $5,000 stipend to any board certified teacher employed full-time in an Alabama public school. Board certified teachers in certificate areas of need and who teach in challenging, high-poverty schools, as defined, may be eligible for an additional $5,000 stipend. SB 199 (2019)

State Superintendent Memorandum
Alaska No. N/A
Arizona No. N/A
Arkansas Yes. Arkansas provides an annual incentive bonus of $2,500 to any board certified classroom teacher or instructional staff employed full-time in a public school. Board certified teachers employed full-time in a high-poverty school that is not in a high-poverty district are provided an annual incentive bonus of $5,000. Board certified teachers employed in a high-poverty school in a high-poverty district or in a high-poverty charter school are provided an annual incentive bonus of $10,000. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-413
California Yes. California provides an award of $20,000 (distributed in installments of $5,000 over four years) to board certified individuals teaching for at least 50 percent of the time in a high-priority school for at least four years. Cal. Educ. Code Ann. § 44395
Colorado Yes. Colorado provides an annual stipend of $1,600 to any board certified school professional who is employed in a school district or other defined charter school or educational program. Board certified school professionals in low-performing, high-needs schools receive an additional annual $3,200 stipend. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-2-504
Connecticut No. N/A
Delaware Yes. Delaware requires a 12 percent increase in base pay for board certified teachers. The increase is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1305
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida Yes. Florida provides an annual bonus to board certified teachers equal to 10 percent of the previous fiscal year's statewide average salary for classroom teachers. The bonus is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1012.72
Georgia Yes. Georgia provides an annual salary increase of at least 10 percent to board certified teachers employed full-time in a Georgia public school. The salary increase is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Georgia Code § 20-2-212.2
Hawaii Yes. Hawaii provides a one-time bonus of $1,500 upon completion of all components of the board certification program. Hawaii also provides an annual $5,000 bonus to a teacher who maintains board certification and employment in a Hawaii public school. Board certified teachers employed by a school in a focus, priority or superintendent's zone, a school with a high turnover rate or a hard-to-fill school, as determined by the department, are provided an additional $5,000 bonus annually. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-706
Idaho Yes. Idaho provides an annual salary increase of $2,000 to board certified instructional staff for up to five years from the year in which the certification was earned. The salary increase is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1004E
Illinois Yes. Illinois provides an annual incentive of $1,500 to board certified teachers currently employed in an Illinois school district and who agree to provide 30 hours of mentoring and/or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards professional development. Board certified teachers employed in Tier 1 rural or remote school districts are eligible to receive a one-time incentive of $3,000. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-70
Indiana No. N/A
Iowa Yes. Iowa provides an annual award of $2,500 to teachers who receive board certification and who apply for the award. The award is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Iowa Code Ann. § 256.44
Kansas Yes. Kansas provides an annual incentive bonus of $1,000 to board certified teachers employed by a Kansas school district. The bonus is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-2166
Kentucky Yes. Kentucky provides an annual salary supplement of $2,000 to board certified teachers employed in a Kentucky public school or other defined career and technical program. The salary supplement is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 157.395
Louisiana Yes. Louisiana provides an annual salary adjustment of $5,000 to teachers awarded board certification prior to July 1, 2013. Districts may, but are not required to, pay the additional amount for teachers awarded board certification on or after this date. The salary adjustment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. La. Stat. Ann. § 421.6
Maine Yes. Maine provides an annual salary supplement of $3,000 to board certified teachers employed in a Maine public school or publicly supported secondary school. Board certified teachers employed in a school in which at least 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch will receive a salary supplement of $9,000 beginning in 2020-21. Me. Rev. Stat. tit.20-A, § 13013-A
Maryland Yes. Maryland provides an annual stipend of up to $1,000 to board certified teachers employed in a Maryland public school. Board certified teachers working in a school identified by the state board as having comprehensive needs are eligible for a stipend of up to $4,000. Md. Educ. Code Ann. § 6-306
Massachusetts No. N/A
Michigan No. N/A
Minnesota No. N/A
Mississippi Yes. Mississippi provides an annual salary supplement of $6,000 to board certified teachers employed by a local school board or by the state board of education. Board certified teachers working in a "critical geographic area", as defined, and in one of the listed counties, are eligible to receive an additional salary supplement up to $4,000. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-19-7
Missouri No. N/A
Montana Yes. Montana provides an annual stipend of up to $1,500 to board certified teachers employed full-time in a Montana public school or other approved educational institution. Board certified teachers employed in a school in a high-poverty area or in an impacted school, as defined, are provided an annual stipend of up to $2,500. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-4-134
Nebraska No. N/A
Nevada Yes. Nevada provides an annual salary increase of five percent based on the school district salary schedule for board certified teachers employed by a local school district. The salary increase is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 391.161
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico Yes. New Mexico provides an annual payment based on a state formula to board certified teachers. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-8-23.4
New York No. N/A
North Carolina Yes. North Carolina provides an annual salary differential to board certified teachers. The salary differential, currently 12 percent, is detailed in the Public Schools of North Carolina Guidelines for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the state salary schedule. The salary differential is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-296.2

Guidelines for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
North Dakota Yes. North Dakota provides a payment of $1,500 to board certified teachers employed full time in a district in the state and who participated in efforts of the district to develop and implement teacher mentoring programs. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. N.D. Rev. Stat. Ann § 15.1-18.1-02
Ohio Yes. Ohio provides an annual grant of $2,500 to board certified teachers employed full-time by a public school district or by a chartered non-public school in Ohio. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.55
Oklahoma Yes. Oklahoma provides an annual salary increase for board certified teachers who attain board certification after June 30, 2013. The amount of the annual salary increase is dependent on the amount set forth in the annual minimum salary schedule. The salary increase is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 6-204.2
Oregon No. N/A
Pennsylvania No. N/A
Rhode Island No. N/A
South Carolina Yes. South Carolina provides an annual salary supplement of $7,500 to board certified teachers receiving certification prior to July 1, 2010 and an annual salary supplement of $5,000 to board certified teachers receiving certification after July 1, 2010. The salary supplement is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. FY 19-20 General Appropriations Act - Proviso 1A.68
South Dakota Yes. South Dakota provides for an annual payment of $2,000 for five years to board certified teachers employed in a public school in the state. $1,000 must be paid by the department of education and $1,000 must be paid by the district. A school district may opt to continue payments during the next five years and the dollars provided will be matched by the state, up to $1,000. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-42-26
Tennessee No. N/A
Texas No. N/A
Utah Yes. Utah provides an annual salary supplement of $1,000 to board certified teachers. Board certified teachers employed in a Title I school are provided an annual salary supplement of $2,000. Utah Code Ann. § 53F-2-521
Vermont No. N/A
Virginia Yes. Virginia provides an initial state-funded award of $5,000 for the first year of board certification and a subsequent annual award of $2,500 each year for the life of the certification to board certified teachers. The award is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-299.2
Washington Yes. Washington provides an annual bonus of $5,505 (for the 2019-20 school year) to board certified teachers. Board certified teachers employed in qualifying "challenging schools" are provided an additional annual bonus of up to $5,000. RCWA 28A.405.415

Wash Rev. Code Ann. § 392-140-974
West Virginia Yes. West Virginia provides an annual salary bonus of $3,500 to Board certified teachers for the life of the certification, no more than 10 years. Board certified teachers employed in a school designated as a persistently low-performing school are provided an additional salary bonus of $2,000. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-4-2a

W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-4-2c
Wisconsin Yes. Wisconsin provides an annual grant of $2,000 in the first year of board certification and of $2,500 each year for up to nine years for maintained board certification to teachers employed in the state. Board certified teachers employed in a school in which at least 60 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch are provided an annual grant of $5,000. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 115.42
Wyoming Yes. Wyoming provides a payment of $4,000 to board certified teachers employed full-time by a school district in the state for each year the certification is valid. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-7-501

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