Colorado state statute includes provisions for:
- Scholarship assistance for teachers seeking to obtain certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
- Stipends for educators who have obtained national certification through NBPTS
Each year, the Colorado State Legislature determines whether or not to allocate funds for scholarships and stipends. When one or both of these items has been funded, this page will be updated with the necessary educator information.
The Colorado State Legislature did not fund scholarships for potential candidates last session.
Stipends for 2017-2018
The Colorado legislature 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 designated by the Colorado State Board of Education in December 2017 as Priority Improvement Plan or Turnaround Plan schools. NBPTS-certified teachers must be employed by Oct. 1, 2017 and must remain employed through May 1, 2018 to qualify for either stipend.
It is the responsibility of the NBPTS-certified educator to submit a "National Board Stipend" application through his/her eLicensing account to notify CDE of his/her desire to receive a stipend if he/she is determined eligible. The application will be available Sept. 1, 2017 and will close on Oct. 1, 2017 for this year's distribution. Once school ratings have been determined (anticipated December 2017), CDE will work with HR representatives to verify each applicant's employment and FTE. As stipulated in law, CDE will distribute stipend funds to districts, which will in turn provide these funds to qualifying educators in May 2018 via their payroll systems (applicable withholding(s) may apply; all stipends will be prorated per percentage of FTE).
For an outline of the process, please review the New 2017-2018 Stipend Distribution Process for important details.
The following are questions frequently asked throughout the years regarding stipends for national board-certified teachers and their individual scenarios. (The New 2017-2018 Stipend Distribution Process information sheet also may help to answer your questions.)
May I still qualify for a stipend if …
… I work in a private school?
… I am on leave without pay?
… my NBPTS certificate will expire in November?
… I am retiring mid-year?
… my national certification is through another organization?
No. To qualify for a stipend, you must hold valid NBPTS certification for the entire academic year and be employed in a public school/BOCES/charter school from at least Oct. 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018.
What if …
… I teach in a district online school?
… I work only part time in a district?
… I teach in a content area other than what my NBPTS certificate indicates?
… I hold NBPTS certification as a school counselor?
… I hold more than one NBPTS certifications?
Yes. Stipends will be prorated per percentage of FTE and are not tied to either a content/endorsement area or a brick-and-mortar setting. As long as the certifying organization is NBPTS, you may be eligible for a stipend. Only one is allowed per qualifying individual, however, regardless of how many NBPTS certificates you hold.
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 stipends, please send e-mails to: NBPTS E-mail Inquiries
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