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CA NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Program Information

Overview of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Candidate Subsidy Program for teachers working in high-priority schools to apply for the candidate subsidy to cover up to $2,500 for the cost of certification.

Commencing July 1, 2021, any teacher who initiates the process of pursuing a certification from the NBPTS when teaching at a high-priority school is eligible to receive an award of up to $2,500.

California Education Code (EC) Section 44395 External link opens in new window or tab. states "a teacher shall be assigned to teach for at least 50 percent of a full-time position." For purposes of this award, "assigned to teach" may include, but is not limited to, a teacher leadership role as a peer assistance and review coach, mentor, or other teacher support provider if the position does not require an administrative credential.

Are you already a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) interested in the $25,000 incentive award program? Please see the CA NBCT Certification Incentive Program web page for more information.

2023–24 Subsidy Application

The 2023–24 NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Award Application will open in September 2023. The application will be for teachers initiating the process of pursuing a certification from NBPTS when teaching at a school on the Eligible High-Priority Schools List after July 1, 2023. Application will be open September 2023 through January 3, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Eligibility and Funding

Candidates who teach at least 50 percent time in a high-priority school are eligible for the $2,500 subsidy award. High-priority school is defined as a school with 55 percent or more of its pupils (unduplicated) classified as an English learner or foster youth, or eligible for free or reduced-price meal.

2022–23 Eligible High Priority Schools List (XLXS)

2023–24 Eligible High Priority Schools List (XLXS)

Lists of California’s 2022–23 and 2023–24 Eligible High Priority Schools. These lists are only used for the purpose of identifying schools with teachers eligible to receive the NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Award and the NBCT Certification Incentive Award. If you don't see your school on the high-priority lists but you believe it qualifies, please email

Upon completion of the application process CDE will confirm with Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) the applicant’s assignment working at least 50 percent in an eligible high-priority school. LEAs will confirm completion of teaching assignments of at least 50 percent in an eligible high-priority school each of the candidate’s years obtaining certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Award

2023–24 Application Timeline

Activity Date
2023–24 NBPTS Candidate Subsidy Award Application Opens Early September 2023
Applications due January 3, 2024 by 4 p.m.
Confirmation of Teaching Assignments with LEAs October 2023 through January 2024
Subsidy Award Notifications sent to Applicants November 2023 through January 2024
Component Selection Form sent to Approved Applicants with Approval Emails Final Deadline for Component Selections February 1, 2023
Component Funds approvals sent to NBPTS for component registration Ongoing through February 2023


For additional information about the subsidy program, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Friday, May 12, 2023