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.

Attention All National Board Certified Teachers: Scorers Needed

The Arkansas Department of Education, the office for National Board Certified Teachers is requesting applications for Scorers for the 2017 National Board State Funding Applications. If you are an active National Board Certified Teacher and eligible for the state bonus, then we invite you to apply at Deadline to apply noon, Friday, June 2, 2017

2017 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 ten scheduled, regional meetings.

The orientation will be on May 20, 2017, from 9  a.m. until 12 p.m. 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, please contact Christine at

To register for this event, please visit

Access the 2017 NBPTS State Funding Application


The deadline to receive the 2017 NBCT Bonus is June 1, 2017. Any profile submitted after that time will not be considered for the bonus.


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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