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National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)


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Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) certification, which can take up to three years to complete, have demonstrated their understanding of national, rigorous teaching standards, as well as their ability to implement educational practices that are research-based.

Arkansas Candidate Support Program for NBCT

Act 1060 of 2001 as amended by Act 1803 of 2003 authorizes and funds the Arkansas Department of Education to provide a support program for teachers who wish to become National Board Certified Teachers. The department will pay the initial application fee for a candidate to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Support also includes three paid release days for those chosen for the program and a $5,000 annual bonus for up to 10 years once certification is received.

NBPTS Candidate Support Site Registration

NBPTS candidates, please visit the link below to register for the site of your choice:

National Board Profile Completion for National Board Certified Teachers 

Whether you are a new National Board Certified Teacher or an already established one, you must fill out a profile. Please fill out the profile at the links below and follow all directions. 

Arkansas State Funding for NBCT

The deadline for state funding for the 2017-2018 school year has passed. Check this page in March 2018 for dates, locations and times of the orientations offered throughout the state in April and early May. A registration link will be provided. The 2018 National Board State Funding Application will be posted in May. Applicants have until June 30, 2018, to electronically submit the application which will be scored around mid-July. Those meeting or exceeding the cut score will receive state funding. Emails are sent to every applicant with scores included.

If you decide to self fund, you can start the National Board Certification process immediately. Contact NBPTS at 1-800-22-TEACH or go to and click on “Get Started”.  ADE is responsible for annual bonuses and state funding for candidacy. National Board is responsible for all information regarding content and process. 

You must have three years of classroom teaching experience in an Arkansas public school and that experience includes any years on either a Provisional and/or Standard Arkansas Teaching License.

For more information, please contact:

Barbara Culpepper, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 106-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4311
Fax: 501-682-5118

Vanessa Holt, Administrative Specialist III
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 112-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-371-1580
Fax: 501-682-5118

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