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National Board Certified Teacher 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, which is paid for by the Colorado Center for Rural Education to facilitators on behalf of cohort members. If selected as a National Board Teacher Certification Scholar, the recipient will receive half of the stipend at the start of the program and the remaining half after participating in the Colorado Rural National Board Cohort for the first year. Recipients must commit to remaining in a rural setting for three (3) years after becoming a National Board candidate.

Learn more about support provided to National Board Candidates in the  Rural National Board Cohort.

Watch what current members of the Rural National Board Cohort have to say about pursuing Board Certification: 2018-2019 Rural National Board Cohort video.

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Application Requirements 

Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  •  Provide an estimated timeline for program completion.

  • Prepare a written statement summarizing the applicant’s (a) intended National Board Certification area (e.g., Early Childhood Generalist); (b) commitment to quality rural education; and (c) the expected value to be added to the applicant’s school district upon completion of the program.

  • Provide letters of recommendation and endorsement from the applicant’s school principal and district superintendent delineating how this qualification will benefit the school/district

Eligibility Preference

Willingness to 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.

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Definition of Rural School District

According to the Colorado Department of Education, 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 PK-12 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." The current official list of rural and small rural school districts is available at https://www.cde.state.co.us/ruraledcouncil and a helpful map can be found at https://www.unco.edu/colorado-center-for-rural-education/2019.2020map.pdf.