National Board Certified Teachers NBCT

All verification lists for the NBCT bonuses have been sent to the school districts.  Please contact your district National Board administrator if you have any questions about your payment.

What does it mean to be a National Board Certified Teacher?

Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) licensure (which can take up to three years to complete) have demonstrated their understanding of national, rigorous teaching standards as well as their ability to implement educational practices that are research-based. Those who achieve certification are also eligible to receive the Master Professional Educator designation on their teaching license. 

Component Cost Reimbursement

Reimbursement of one component may be available after bonuses are paid. This reimbursement is for initial candidates with passing scores who have not received previous funding support. If a candidate is interested, please review the requirements on the Reimbursement Application. This application is due each year by May 1. Please call our office to learn more. 


The NBCT Profile  and  Financial W-9 forms are no longer required as part of the bonus payment process.  NBCTs are able to verify their NBCT status in the state eFinance system with their local office personnel. The DESE will use this system to initially verify bonus payments for the 2022-2023 bonus cycle.  Final verified payments will be disbursed by the local educational agency (LEA) by June 30, 2023.



For more information, please contact:

Darlene Kirkpatrick, National Board, and Opportunity Culture School Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 108B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-1524



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