World Class Teaching Program

The University of Mississippi

Mississippi World Class Teaching Program Application

This program is ONLY for candidates pursuing certification not Maintenance of Certificate. Please, visit our MOC tab to connect with a MOC mentor.

Why join us? What can we offer you?
A NBCT mentor, access to our online, step-by-step candidate support course WCTP 601, which includes suggested timelines and assignments, face-to-face or online mentoring, which includes face-to-face Zoom meetings, earn CEUs, a closed Facebook group, communication through Remind, and participation in our Spring Super Saturday mini-conference.

  • Prior to registering with the WCTP, you must first register with the National Board
  • Every year that you participate in the National Board process, you must reregister with the National Board (and the WCTP) and pay the annual $75 National Board registration fee. (The Guide to National Board Certification, p.5)

Due to funding changes at the state level, the World Class Teaching Program has been prompted to add WCTP Participation Terms. Please, read through the following information that is provided to help you successfully navigate your registration.


Step 1, 2, and 3 must be completed during your National Board registration. If you have already completed your registration, don’t worry, you can log back into your National Board account and update your registration.

Step 1. Third Party Release
In the National Board registration process, step 4, you will see this screen. Notice Third Party is already marked as the default.

If you unmarked the default, did not release to Third Party, and need to update your account, you may find the instructions on how to do so here: (Click) Update Account to Release to Third Party

Step 2. Pay your $75 National Board annual registration fee (step 7 of the above registration process.)
Step 3. Make a ‘Good Faith” Down Payment, any amount you choose! For additional information, please, visit these links: (Click) Pay as You Go & Good Faith Down Payment   


Step 4, 5, and 6 are specific to the World Class Teaching Program’s application.

Step 4. Agree that you will only participate in one World Class Teaching Program. This is mandated by MDE.  

Step 5. Complete the application below.
The WCTP will check the National Board database to confirm the Participation Terms have been completed prior to providing candidate support. Please, do NOT submit your application until you have completed all the terms with the exception being you plan on paying the $100 enrollment fee by the extended date.

  • Please, note there will be a delay in processing applications from August 1 – August 24 and over the Christmas & New Year holiday.
  • Please, only complete the application once. You can go back and edit it if you need to make any changes.

Click Here to Complete Our Application

(Do NOT complete this application if you are completing Maintenance of Certificate. Visit our MOC tab to connect with a MOC mentor.

Step 6. If applicable, pay the $100 Nonrefundable Annual Enrollment Fee. The link to pay will populate your screen after you submit your application.Our enrollment fee is inclusive and includes every resource we have and service we offer. To help teachers, we have extended the deadline to pay the enrollment fee: November 1 for candidates who join in the fall, and for those that join us after November 1 by February 28. 

University of Mississippi Candidate Support Scholarships, which covers the enrollment fee, are provided to the following: 

  • Candidates from counties were identified by the MS Legislature in an effort to increase teacher retention and strengthen Mississippi schools: Adams, Amite, Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Holmes, Issaquena, Jefferson, Leflore, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Wilkinson, and Yazoo. These counties receive $10,000 annual stipend once certification are achieved. 
  • Advanced candidates that did not certify 
  • 2019-2020 candidates who deferred a component due to COVID-19