National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Support

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Support

Alabama NBCT Scholarship

Online Scholarship Application 
*Must have a Google associated account to access the application. If you get an error message, it’s likely because your school email account cannot complete forms with attachments.  If that happens, log into your personal google account, and the form will load.  

Screenshot of Full Application  (for friendly printing and planning purposes)

NEW - Year 1 and Year 2 teachers may now apply.  Previously, educators must have completed three successful years of teaching prior to beginning the National Board Certification process. The policy change now will open access to educators interested in the Board certification process by allowing them to begin the process of Board certification before completing three years of teaching experience. While this change allows educators to begin the process earlier, educators will need to complete three successful years of teaching employment to become Board-certified

Recorded Webinar reviewing the NBPTS process and Scholarship Application  Video (March 2023) and  Slides

Additional Resources  to Review 

Scholarship FAQs - For Spring 2023 Applicants

A. No, although retakes cannot be scholarshipped. 

A. Yes, but the scholarship will not pay for any components that you have already submitted (including those submitted this spring/summer). The scholarship will only pay for up to four components (up to $1900) and no retakes. 

A. Yes, If you have not previously received an Alabama NBCT scholarship, you are eligible to apply if you did not activate your scholarship and use funds. 


A. If an application is received after the deadline or is found to be incomplete, it will not be read or scored by the review panel and will not be considered for a scholarship.

A. You should use the Adjusted Gross Income that you report to the IRS for your household.

A. If these payments are exempt from your Adjusted Gross Income you report to the IRS, then you do not have to count them toward the $120,000.

A. No, a check will be sent to the National Board office, and the funds will be credited to an account in your name.


A. Yes, as a scholarship recipient, you must complete the NBCT portfolio (all four components) within the three-year time period, as required by the National Board. 


A. Yes, you are required to reimburse the state the scholarship money if you do not teach an additional three years in an Alabama public school after receiving the scholarship.

A. No, but you must submit at least one component each year, beginning next spring cycle (2024).  All four components must be submitted within 3 years.  Example:  Year 1 - Component 1, Year 2 - Components 2 & 3, Year 3 - Component 4.   

A. Yes, you are responsible for paying the $75.00 registration fee each year of your candidacy (upon registering for specific components, normally due in February or March).  We recommend that candidates DO NOT pay the registration fee prior to submitting this scholarship application (unless they are submitting components this 2023 cycle for which they are responsible for funding).  

A. No, this scholarship only funds initial candidates. 


A. No, the scholarship does not depend on the success of your certification.


A. Yes, you may begin working on any or all of the components.  Just remember that if you do not receive the scholarship, you’ll be responsible for the cost of submitting them (if you choose to move forward). The cost of each component is $475.  You can find your portfolio instructions here

A. A review panel of Alabama National Board Certified Teachers and other educators will read and score the applications.

A. Yes, you will be notified whether you receive a scholarship or not. 

A. You will be notified before May 14.

A. You will receive notification by email and/or postal mail.

A. You will receive notification by postal mail at your home and/or email at the address provided on your application.


A. Each Regional Inservice Center provides support to candidates through mentoring opportunities.  If you receive the scholarship, your name and contact information will be provided to your Inservice Center Director for  support.  Contact your district office, as many school systems offer internal NBCT support as well.  

A. No, there is only one scholarship application period each school year.

A.  A scholarshipped candidate must submit at least one component in the Spring/Summer of 2024.  If a component is submitted prior to this cycle, the cost of the component will be the responsibility  of the candidate.  




A. Yes, as long as they work in a K-12 public school setting. 

If you have additional questions that are not addressed in this document or on the application form, please submit your question to:

Dr. Boyd Rogan, ALSDE 



Welcome to the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center (SEARIC) National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) support site. This site is designed to help candidates find information about the certification process, available mentoring, and resources.

Your "Portfolio Instructions" and Certificate Standards are posted online for your review. We encourage you to carefully study your certificate area portfolios, highlighting new information, as well as practices you are already implementing. You should also review the Guide to National Board Certification for general information, protocols, and policies.

We encourage you to join our Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center (SEARIC) National Board Certification Candidate Support Network. This program provides candidates and teachers interested in Board certification mentoring and support from National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). These mentors provide meaningful resources and beneficial training to aid candidates in their certification venture.

To request a mentor and join the SEARIC National Board Certification Candidate Support Network contact us at 334-670-3495 or

We look forward to working with you.


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