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National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Stipend

The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented K-12 educators in rural Colorado school districts to pursue National Board Teacher Certification (NBCT). All NBCT stipend recipients will receive support and mentorship from NBCT facilitators in a Colorado Rural National Board cohort.

The value of the stipend is $4,250.00. CCRE will provide you with a $2,250.00 stipend to help you complete your National Board Teacher Certification. This should cover the cost to pay for all four components and the registration costs for the next two years. [*As part of your award, the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) also sends $2,000 to the CCRE to distribute to facilitators from the Colorado Education Association.]

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Ready to Apply?

The application timeline for this stipend is January 1- June 15, or until 50 applications are received

Online Application

Application Requirements 

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Be currently employed as a licensed teacher in one of Colorado's rural or small rural school districts
  • Be prepared to share the intended National Board Certification area of endorsement and student developmental level(s) in which you intend to register; (visit https://www.nbpts.org and click on Resources to learn more)
  • Meet the NBPTS criteria for candidacy
  • Commit to remaining in a rural setting for three (3) years after becoming a National Board candidate.

Selection and Award Process

If the number of applications exceeds the amount of available funding provided by Colorado’s General Assembly, stipend recipients will be selected using a random lottery draw. The total amount is allocated by CDE region.

For the complete Colorado Department of Education list of rural and small rural school districts: 


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