National Board Certification Scholarship
The National Board Certification Scholarship Fund encourages teachers to apply to and enroll in the certification program offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or its successor organization (as established by State law, 20-A MRSA Section 13013-A subsection 5 & 6; as amended by PL 2012 c. 702).
A school administrative unit (SAU) or a publicly-supported secondary school may request scholarship funds on behalf of its teachers who meet the requirements.
In fiscal year 2013-14, the Maine Department of Education shall allocate $75,000 to the scholarship fund. The Department shall award an amount equal to the cost of the certification program less any other funds received by the applicant on a first-come, first-served basis to not more than 30 teachers accepted into the certification program annually.
In order to receive scholarship funds on behalf of a teacher, the SAU or a publicly-supported secondary school must certify to the Department that the teacher:
- Is currently employed by a SAU or a publicly-supported secondary school;
- Has completed at least three years of teaching in the State;
- Has agreed to mentor at least one other teacher employed in the State through the national board certification process to apply to and enroll in the certification program;
- Has provided documentation of acceptance into the certification program; and
- Has disclosed any other funds received to cover the cost of the certification program.
Method of Application
The statute provides that the superintendent of schools of a SAU or the director of a publicly-supported secondary school or Career and Technical Education (CTE) region may request scholarship funds on behalf of a teacher who has met all the eligibility requirements.
The SAU, publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region are responsible to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met and that copies of supporting documentation are kept on file and available upon request by the Commissioner's office.
Use the following form to report those eligible to the commissioner:
- NBPTS Scholarship Fund Request Form (XLS, 140KB). This form is due Oct. 15, 2013.
Method of Payment
Once the eligibility has been verified for each teacher, the amount of the payment for the cost of enrollment in the certificate program less any other funds received by the applicant will be sent to the SAU, publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region on a first-come, first-served basis until the limited amount of 30 teachers have received funds from the scholarship program.
The SAU, publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region is then responsible for issuing the scholarship funds to the eligible teacher.
Note: Unlike the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification Salary Supplement, the scholarship fund payment does not need to be added to teacher's base salary.