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National Board Certification

Within Colorado state statute, there are 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 National Board candidates last session.


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 2017-2018 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 designated by the Colorado State Board of Education in December 2017, as Priority Improvement Plan or Turnaround Plan schools. NBPTS-certified teachers in these schools must have been employed by Oct. 1, 2017, and must remain employed at that school through May 1, 2018, to qualify for the additional stipend.

It is the responsibility of the National Board-certified educator to submit an application in order to notify CDE of his/her desire to receive a stipend if he/she is determined to be eligible for one. The application will be made available on Sept. 1, 2017 and will be closed on Oct. 1, 2017 for this year's distribution. Once school ratings have been determined, CDE will work with HR representatives to verify each applicant's employment and FTE. As stipulated in law, CDE will distribute stipends to districts, which will then provide these funds to qualifying educators in May 2018 via their payroll systems (applicable withholding(s) may apply). 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

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