Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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 (ADE) to provide a support program for teachers who wish to become National Board Certified Teachers by paying 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. Current Rules and Regulations amplify Act 1060.

State Funding Information For National Board Certification Candidacy

Candidates seeking state funding MUST attend one of the orientations listed at

All of the orientations will take place in April and possibly early May. The National Board State Funding Application will be posted to the National Board page of the ADE website approximately the first of May. Candidates have until 4:30 pm on June 30, to submit the application. The applications are double blind scored about mid-July. Candidates meeting or exceeding the cut score will be announced the last week of July. Specific instructions regarding the process and content will be delivered at the orientations.

Twenty-Two New National Board Certified Teachers In Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Education is happy to announce the 22 new National Board Certified teachers in Arkansas. A reception for the new NBCTs was held on March 10, 2017 at the department. They were presented to the State Board of Education and each received a certificate. For a list of the new National Board Certified Teachers. please go to New NBCTs. To view the Photo Gallery of the presentations, visit

National Board Profile Completion for National Board Certified Teachers and Candidates

National Board Candidates and National Board Certified Teachers(NBCT) must fill out a profile each year. Employment verification will be done through the ADE database and no longer requires the candidates or NBCTs to be part of that process. Please fill out the profile at the link below and follow all directions. There is a section to select Direct Deposit or a check for those receiving the National Board Bonus.
National Board profile completion link:

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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