Maintenance of Certification

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Maintenance of Certification:
Sustaining Professional Growth

Maintenance of Certification (MOC), from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, is designed to recognize that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) are continually growing professionally and maintaining a positive impact on student learning. In 2020-21, MOC will become the new pathway for NBCTs to keep their National Board Certification active. By successfully meeting MOC requirements, an NBCT's certification is extended by five years. MOC will replace the current 10-year certification renewal process. The National Board is moving to MOC to:
  • Make the Board certification process overall more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible to teachers
  • Align with the timeline for most states' teacher licensure renewal policies
When teachers become Board-certified, they demonstrate the knowledge and performance-based teaching practices that meet the National Board Standards of accomplished teaching. Maintaining certification will require Board-certified teachers to demonstrate professional growth on those same standards. The cost of MOC is significantly reduced from the current renewal process, with a cost of $495 (plus a $75 registration fee). MOC requires teachers to document evidence of professional growth over time within learning communities and for the benefit of students.