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National Board Certification

Within Colorado Law, there are provisions for:

  • Scholarship assistance for seeking to obtain certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • Stipends for those educators who have obtained national certification through NBPTS

Each of these items must be funded annually by the Colorado legislature. When one or both of these items has been funded, CDE will update this page with the necessary educator information.



For 2015-2016 Candidates

Federal and state scholarships were not allocated by the U.S. Congress or through the Colorado legislature during the last session. Please visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Web site for information on corporate or other scholarships.

Colorado re-distributed funds that were returned from candidates who dropped. All scholarships are distributed. Candidates who apply presently are being placed on a wait list.


In spring 2012, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 12-1261 (C.R.S. 22-2-501, et.seq) concerning funding of stipends for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards-certified teachers.

The bill outlines the stipend amount and the educators who will qualify for them based on state appropriation, if any. For the 2015-2016 school year, the Colorado legislature has budgeted to allocate a $1,600 stipend to all NBPTS-certified educators who meet the qualifications. An additional stipend of up to $3,200 may be awarded to NBPTS-certified educators employed in schools that were designated by the Colorado State Board of Education on December 9, 2014, as Priority Improvement Plan or Turnaround Plan schools. (Due to the passage of HB15-1323, all school and district ratings assigned in 2014, will remain in effect for 2015, with no penalty). NBPTS-certified teachers and principals in these schools must have been employed by October 1, 2015, and must remain employed at that school through May 1, 2016, to qualify for the additional stipend.

CDE is currently sending application forms to district human resources departments to facilitate the application and fund disbursement process. As stipulated in law, CDE will distribute stipends to individual districts, which will then provide these funds to qualifying educators in May 2016, via their payroll system. Please continue to check this website page for more information.

Please review the NBPTS Protocol Information Sheet for additional details.


For more information on national board certification:

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
NBPTS Processing Center
11827 Tech Com Way, Suite 200
San Antonio TX 78233


For general inquiries relating to NBPTS scholarships and stipends, please send e-mails to: NBPTS E-mail Inquiries

For technical problems with this page please contact the Web Content Coordinator.

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