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Congratulations to the amazing 2020 National Board Certified Teachers in Arkansas! Please view the video presentation.



What does it mean to be National Board Certified Teachers?

Teachers who receive the National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) certification (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.

Arkansas Candidate Support for National Board Certified Teachers

At this time, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is not providing state funding for component submissions or release days. However, an annual bonus will be paid up to a possible 10 years once certification is received.

The New Candidate orientation meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The orientation is not required for state funding; however, it is strongly recommended.  If you wish to attend, please register on the following link:

2021 Orientation Registration (

Support meetings are held at various sites throughout the state for NBCT candidates. These meetings begin in the fall and continue through the spring. Locations of support sites are determined by the number of registrations in the different areas of the state. In 2020-2021, these meetings will be held virtually. Support meetings are facilitated by Arkansas NBCTs and provide guidance and resources to NBCT candidates as they prepare their NBCTs submissions. 

Site Facilitators for the 2020-2021 School Year

Component Cost Reimbursement

Reimbursement of one component may be available after bonuses are paid. This reimbursement is for candidates with passing scores who have not received previous support funding. If a candidate is interested, please review the attachment of the Reimbursement Application.  This application is due no later than May 3, 2021.


For more information, please contact:

Kelly McLaughlin, Educator Support and Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 405-B
Litle Rock, AR  72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3162