The World Class Teaching Program at the University of Mississippi is assisting school systems and teachers to understand National Board Certification, which is dedicated to defining, identifying, and recognizing accomplished teaching in the U.S.A. National Board Certification is a demonstration of teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards. Offered on a voluntary basis, the advanced system of National Board Certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing. The Mississippi legislature has approved an annual salary supplement of $6,000 for teachers who achieve national certification.
The University of Mississippi World Class Teaching Program provides Overview Sessions at school districts to help teachers understand the entire National Board Certification process as well as Standards Study Workshops for teachers who are seriously considering engaging in the process. Mentoring sessions for teachers who are involved in the National Board Process are offered twice a month in Oxford, Southaven, and Tupelo. Pre-candidacy workshops are offered February through May.