Help available for teachers to get certified

Friday, May 2, 2008

NASHVILLE -- Funds are available to assist Tennessee teachers who choose to pursue professional certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Tennessee Department of Education announced.

Eligible Tennessee teachers may receive $1,250 toward the National Board Certification fee and have until December 31 to apply for the subsidies.

"The classroom teacher is the single most important factor affecting a student's achievement in school," Acting Education Commissioner Tim Webb said. "Achieving National Board Certification is one way Tennessee educators can continue to sharpen their skills and remain effective in the classroom."

According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Web site (, 287 Tennessee teachers have achieved National Board Certification. Applicants must have at least three years of full-time teaching experience and hold a Tennessee professional teacher license.

Priority is given to teachers from high-priority schools and those who currently teach in a Tennessee public school.

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