Tuesday, March 28, 2023 02:23 AM

National Board Certification

National Board Certified Teachers in Hawaii

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board recognizes the value National Board Certification brings to Hawaii’s educators.  We are proud to support both the process and the celebration of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher.

Hawaii NBCT Network

There is now a webpage for Hawaii’s Local National Board Network Affiliate:  Hawaii NBCTs.

Ready to start your National Board journey?

Click here to get started: National Board Resources.

Active Hawaii NBCT Directory

To view an updated directory of active Hawaii National Board Certified teachers, click the following link:  NBCT Directory

Candidate Support

In the state of Hawaii, there are many opportunities for National Board candidates to find support. HTSB currently supports a Leeward Coast National Board Project in partner ship with INPEACE.  To increase the number of accomplished teachers on the coast, INPEACE provides financial support to teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to staying in the Waianae Nanakuli complex to work on their National Board entries.  Licensing Specialist, Tracey Idica, holds monthly Zoom meetings to assist the teachers navigate their National Board journeys. Pre-pandemic, Specialist Idica  traveled to the schools on the Leeward Coast  on a monthly basis to assist their teachers navigate their National Board journeys. The Hawaii State Teachers Association, in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, provides candidate support for educators pursuing National Board Certification. Contact Lisa Espiritu (HTSB) or Mari Sunabe (Kamehameha Schools) for more information. Support offered includes “NEA Jump Start” 3-4 day seminars in the summer, face-to-face  and virtual cohorts located across the state (on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu). Cohorts meet 6-7 times beginning in October and ending in April or May.

National Board Information Sessions

There will be National Board Information Sessions for interested teachers at many  HSTA Chapter Institute Days across the state.For details, please see your chapter representative.  Be sure to ask about NEA Jump Start!

Professional Development Course

HTSB offers a National Board Pre-Candidacy course  on PDE3.  This course is designed for teachers who are planning to begin the process and want to prepare for a successful journey.   Sections are offered each semester.


Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is excited to be a part of celebrations for new and renewed NBCTs across the country.   We are currently working with our partners to plan for 2022 events.  Highlights from January 2022 Team NBCT Week activities can be found here.

Alu Like Scholarship

The purpose of the National Board Certification Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Department of Education (DOE) and Public Charter School teachers and educators seeking National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The ideal applicant meets one or more of the following:
  1. Be of Native Hawaiian Ancestry;
  2. Teaching in a school with a high percentage of Native Hawaiian students.
Additionally, the application should be a candidate seeking certification with plans to teach in a DOE or Public Charter school in Hawaii after completing the National Board program. For more information about the ALU LIKE scholarship opportunity please visit their website. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please email NBC@alulike.org or call their office at (808) 535-6700.

National Board Fee Reimbursement and Incentives

DOE NBCTs receive a $5000.00 annual incentive for their accomplishment.  NBCTs at schools designated as CSI and TSI schools may be eligible for an additional $5000.00 bonus. Teachers who have completed the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) process and received scores for all 4 components are eligible for reimbursement of the initial cost of each component.  Those who achieved certification are eligible for $1900.00 reimbursement.  Those who didnʻt yet achieve, are eligible for a $1500.00 reimbursement with the remaining $400.00 reimbursed upon certification. NOTE:  Scholarships received for  National Board fees are not eligible for reimbursement.   For fee reimbursement and incentive information, contact the Hawaiʻi Department of Education Personnel Management Specialist Angel Cabradilla: