Communiction from AZK12 Center:


Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that through the Arizona Teachers Academy we have funding for 200 teachers to seek National Board Certification! This funding stream will provide each qualified teacher the financial assistance to pay for all 4 components as well as up to $225 credit for eligible Arizona K12 Center candidate support events. To be eligible for Board-certification, teachers must meet the following education, employment, and licensure requirements prior to starting the certification process. Candidates will be asked to verify these during registration.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. (NOTE: Candidates for the Career and Technical Education certificate are required to hold a bachelor’s degree only if their state required one for their current license.)
  • Have completed three years of successful teaching in one or more early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary school.
  • Hold a valid state teaching license (or meet the licensure requirements established by your state for a school counselor if applying for the ECYA/School Counseling certificate) for each of the three years of employment you verify.
  • Provide official American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) certified ratings of Advanced Low or higher from ACTFL speaking and writing proficiency assessments if registering as a World Languages candidate. For more information on this prerequisite for World Languages candidates, refer to the Guide to National Board Certification.

Interested teachers must complete the Arizona K12 Center’s National Board Pre-Candidacy class and our National Board Institute. These are designed to set a teacher up for success while bringing greater clarity to the process, expectations, and the NBPTS standards. Our Pre-Candidacy class is offered in schools and districts throughout Arizona. We also have a hybrid class starting soon with a National Board Institute occurring in November. To make these learning opportunities accessible to as many teachers as possible, we have reduced our fees. Below is information regarding both offerings:

National Board Pre-Candidacy Class

September 14, 2019 – October 26, 2019 (Note: The first and last classes are face-to-face with the remainder online)

Registration deadline: August 29, 2019

Fee: $20

For more information and to register, click here:

As a National Board candidate, you will engage in reflection about your practice, your accomplishments, and your professional goals. As a result of pursuing National Board Certification, educators often feel a renewed passion for their profession and a renewed commitment to the work.

National Board Institute

November 2-3, 2019

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2019

Fee: $40

For more information and to register, click here:

This two-day institute is designed for teachers seeking National Board Certification in the 2019–2020 school year. Completion of a Pre-Candidacy class and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Candidate ID Number are prerequisites for this institute.

Once an eligible teacher completes the Pre-Candidacy Class and National Board Institute, they are eligible for funding for all four components. A teacher can complete the process of Board-certification in 1-3 years. Here is a link for funding assistance through the Arizona Teachers Academy:

Congratulations on beginning your National Board Certification process! Please fill out this form in its entirety, pay the $75 annual registration fee on your National Board account, and register for the components you are seeking funding for. Funds will be applied in December or January.

For those teachers who make the decision to pursue National Board Certification and complete the above requirements, there is a National Board Kickoff event that we are requesting all first time candidates attend. Eligible candidates can use a portion of the $225 credit to register for this event. Use the code NBPTS225 when registering for Kickoff

National Board New Candidate Kickoff

November 16, 2019

Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019

Fee: $45

For more information and to register, click here:

This funding stream is on a first-come, first-serve basis. I am hoping you might share this with interested teachers in your schools, district, and/or network.