P.O. BOX 2120



March 10, 2006



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction



Funding for National Board Certification


Teachers who are interested in applying for a subsidy grant for National Board Certification are invited to submit the attached 2006 Subsidy Grant Application to the Division of Teacher Education, Licensure, and Professional Practice. Applications must be received at the Department of Education by Monday, April 10, 2006, to be eligible.


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), which was created in 1987, will offer 24 certificates for 2006. It is a voluntary certification process for teachers that is designed to complement, not replace, initial state licensure. Individuals interested in seeking a National Board Certification subsidy grant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, have completed three years of teaching experience by the end of the 2005-06 school year, and be employed as a public school teacher in Virginia for the 2006-07 school year. More information about the National Board Certification process is available under Candidate Resource Center on the NBPTS website:


As of this date, Congress has not appropriated the funding for the 2006 federal subsidy grants. If sufficient federal funds are awarded to NBPTS through a United States Department of Education grant, this funding will be applied as in past years to increase the support provided by the General Assembly from $1,000 to $2,000 for the initial 75 candidates. If federal funding in excess of $75,000 is awarded, the additional funding will be used to provide as many $1,000 federal subsidy grants as possible.


Applicants, if selected for a grant, will be responsible for the remaining fees. Priority will be given to eligible grant applicants employed in hard-to-staff schools identified by the Virginia Department of Education. The remaining grant applicants will be selected randomly and will be distributed among the eight superintendents regions. Grant notification will be mailed by Friday, April 21, 2006.


If you have any questions regarding this application process, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education, licensure, and professional practice at (804) 371-2522 or by e-mail at or Mr. Gregory J. Pels, national board certification coordinator, at (804) 225-2769 or by e-mail at