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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, which is the amount needed to (a) enroll with the National Board; (b) register for each of the four components of the NB portfolio; and (c) participate in the Rural National Board Cohort. CDHE sends $2,250 to each recipient and $2,000 to the CCRE to distribute to facilitators: $1,000 to each of two facilitators. Recipients must commit to remaining in a rural setting for three (3) years after becoming a National Board candidate. 


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Ready to Apply?

The application timeline for this stipend is January 1 through May 31

Online Application

Application Requirements 

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • Be currently employed 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)
  • 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: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeedserv/cderuraldesignation2021-2022

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