North Carolina, Wake County have most nationally certified teachers

North Carolina and the Wake County school system continue to both lead the nation with the most teachers certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, according to new results released this week.

The state now has 20,677 National Board-certified teachers, accounting for more than 18 percent of the country’s total. Statewide, 21 percent of public school teachers have this certification, which is considered the highest credential in the teaching profession.

Locally, Wake County is the top district in the nation, with 2,509 National Board-certified teachers.

“The fact that WCPSS has led the country in the number of National Board Certified Teachers for 10 years running proves our teachers’ commitments to their profession and their students,” said Wake Superintendent Jim Merrill in a written statement Friday.

North Carolina has historically led the nation in the number of certified teachers, in part because it comes with a 12 percent annual pay raise from the state. But Wake County school officials noted that it takes significant time and effort to complete the process.

School officials said that teachers spend 200 to 400 hours to complete the certification process in addition to their full-time jobs.