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.

2016 National Board Make-Up Orientation Registration

The Arkansas Department of Education, office for National Board Certification, will conduct a make-up orientation for those unable to attend any of the six scheduled, regional meetings.
The orientation will be on May 7, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon, in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) in Dickson Hall Auditorium.
The presenter will be Christine Deitz, National Board Certified Teacher and a support site facilitator. There will be free parking. If there are questions regarding the location, you can contact Christine at
To register for this event, please click on the following Survey Monkey link.

2016 National Board Orientations Registration

Regional orientation meetings for teachers seeking to become National Board Certified have been scheduled in April. The meetings will provide prospective candidates with information regarding the National Board Certified Teacher process and content. Attendance at one of the regional orientations is mandatory for any candidate seeking state funding for candidacy in 2016. A National Board Certified presenter will be available for questions related to the process.  
Go to to register for the orientation site nearest your location. The sites will be removed from the website when capacity is reached.

New 2015 National Board Certified Teachers

The Arkansas Department of Education congratulates 98 Arkansas teachers who recently attained their National Board Certification. To view a list of these teachers, go to A total of 2,877 Arkansas teachers have received the certification, with Arkansas traditionally ranking among the top 10 states.

NBCT Employment Verification Procedure

The following is a link to directions for NBCTs to receive the 2016 NBCT bonus:  Arkansas National Board Certified Teachers are required to create and maintain a profile in the online Arkansas Teacher Licensure Accountability System (ATLAS) to verify employment for each year's state bonus.  All NBCT records, including employment eligibility, will be recorded in ATLAS.


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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