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CA NBPTS Program Information 2021–26

Overview of the Teacher Certification Incentive Program for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Commencing July 1, 2021, the NBPTS Certification Incentive Program provides a $25,000 incentive award for California National Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who teach in high-priority schools. This award is "granted to the extent that funds have been appropriated for this purpose in the annual Budget Act." This one-time incentive award of $25,000 is paid in $5,000 installments for five consecutive years. The annual payment shall be made upon completion of the school year, and upon approval of a district-certified application.

Additionally, 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 $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.

NBCTs who teach at least 50 percent time in a high-priority school for five consecutive years are eligible for the $25,000 incentive award. High-priority schools are now 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.

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

Questions:   Teacher and Leader Policy Office | NBCT@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-7331
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 18, 2021
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