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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 applications.



For 2014-2015 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 will re-distribute funds that were returned from candidates who dropped beginning 11/5/14. A $250 scholarship will be available to the first 54 candidates who follow the Scholarship Guidelines. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.


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 and principals.

The bill outlines the stipend amount and the educators who will qualify for them based on state appropriation, if any. For the 2014-2015 school year, the Colorado legislature allocated 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 10, 2014, as Priority Improvement Plan or Turnaround Plan schools. NBPTS-certified teachers and principals in these schools must have been employed by October 1, 2014, and must remain employed at that school through May 1, 2015, to qualify for the additional stipend.

CDE will work with 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 2015, via their payroll system.

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

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