Johnny Key

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National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)


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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards NBCT Law and Rule Changes

To learn about law and rule changes, please go to National Board Law and Rules Changes PowerPoint With Voice-Over. (Video)

What Does it Mean to be National Board Certified Teachers?

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 for National Board Certified Teachers

Act 1060 of 2001 as amended by Act 1803 of 2003 authorizes and funds the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to provide a support program for teachers who wish to become a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). Support may include state funding for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) component submissions, three paid release days for those receiving state funding if approved by the school district, and an annual bonus for up to a possible 10 years once certification is received.

Regional orientation meetings are held for teachers interested in becoming National Board Certified. The meetings provide prospective candidates with information regarding the NBCT process and content. A NBCT is available to answer questions related to the process. Anyone seeking state funding is required to attend an orientation meeting.

Click on the link below to access the schedule of meetings. Register through Escape Works for any orientation meeting held at an Education Service Cooperative. To register for the Little Rock meeting, click on the link provided in the orientation schedule.

New! Click the link below to register for the make-up NBCT orientation meeting on May 4, 2019.

Support meetings are held at various sites throughout the state for NBCT candidates. These meetings begin in the fall and continue through the spring. Locations of support sites are determined by the number of registrations in the different areas of the state. Support meetings are facilitated by Arkansas NBCTs and provide guidance and resources to NBCT candidates as they prepare their NBPTS submissions. Registration information will be posted in August.

National Board Certified Teacher 2018-2019 Profile Update

If you are a current National Board Certified Teacher, click on the following link to update your profile for the current school year.


For more information, please contact:

Renee Nelson, Ed. S., Educator Support and Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Office Phone: 501-682-9850
Fax 501-682-5118
Sandra Hurst, Division Director (Educator Support and Development)
Division of Educator Effectiveness
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone: 501-682-8526
Cell Phone: 501-218-4015
Fax: 501-682-1193

Vanessa Holt, Administrative Specialist III
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-371-1580
Fax: 501-682-5118

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