North Carolina leads the country in National Board Certified Teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The state has 19,193 NBCTs, including 1,244 certified this year. North Carolina employs about one-fifth of the country's 97,291 NBCTs. Of the 6,266 teachers and counselors who earned certification this year, 360 are in South Carolina, which ranks third in the number of certified teachers; Florida is second.

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