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National Board Teacher Certification Scholarship

The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education seek to encourage talented K-12 educators in rural Colorado school districts to pursue National Board Teacher Certification. The value of the scholarship stipend is $6,000 for completion of an approved program offered through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. If selected as a National Board Teacher Certification Scholar, the recipient will receive half of the scholarship at the start of the program (first $3,000) and the remaining half (second $3,000) when he/she successfully completes the program and is certified as a national board certified teacher in a specific area of specialization.

Application Requirements 

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  1. Evidence of full admission to a National Board Teacher Certification program through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (e.g. copy of application receipt from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards).
  2. Provide a timeline for program completion. Normally this is within three years of starting.
  3. Prepare a written statement summarizing the applicant’s commitment to quality rural education and the expected value to be added to the applicant’s school district upon completion of the program.
  4. Provide letters of recommendation and endorsement from the applicant’s school principal and district superintendent delineating how this qualification will benefit the school/district.
  5. Commitment to complete a Master’s degree, if the applicant does not already hold this degree, which is required to complete the National Board Teacher Certification program.

Eligibility Preference

Preference will be given to applicants who meet these requirements:

  • Willingness to teach assume expanded roles as a teacher leader in one of the rural school districts (especially small rural school districts with less than 1000 students) that are located 50 miles or more from major metropolitan areas and outside of the Front-Range region of Colorado.

Definition of Rural School District

A Colorado school district is determined to be rural giving consideration to the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area, and having a student enrollment of 6,500 students or less. Small rural districts are those districts meeting these same criteria and having a student population of less than 1,000 students. For a complete list of rural school districts, please contact us.

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National Board Teacher Certification Scholarship Handout