National Board Certificate for School Counselors

Thursday, August 19, 2021 12:42 PM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) is a nonprofit organization that has been charged with overseeing the Illinois State Board of Education program that enables teachers and counselors to become National Board certified. NBRC provides free support for teachers and counselors throughout their journey to National Board Certification. 

Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the $1,900 National Board Candidate Fee Subsidy application is now available for Illinois teachers and counselors wishing to pursue National Board Certification beginning the 2021-22 school year. Applications open on September 01 are due by October 10. Additionally, many districts in the state of Illinois offer incentives for educators once they obtain certification. 

There is one school counseling certificate area:

The Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/School Counseling certificate is appropriate for counselors who work with students in grades preK–12 (ages 3–18+) in educational settings. These school counselors may work with individuals, small groups, a whole class, or the entire school to advance student learning academically, emotionally, and socially, and in the area of career development. Some may focus their counseling primarily in the area of student assistance, college planning, academic testing, or a more general guidance delivery model. However, all school counselors, without regard to their assignment, practice in a manner designed to advance student learning in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development.

View more information about the processAdditionally, this video testimonial shares the experiences of Illinois National Board Certified Teachers while these slides explain the certification process and subsidy. The attached brochure provides a brief overview of the certificate components. Click this link to access more information.



Please email or Director Amy Smith at  for more information.


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