Cannon-Clary College of Education

National Board Certification

Become a National Board Certified Teacher


Applications are no longer being accepted
for the 2021-2022 school year.

Those who have applied, and have not received confirmation of admission, have been placed on a waiting list.

Thank you for your interest!

Harding University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education has been fully approved by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer a NBCT Candidate Academy free of charge! Participants will receive grant benefits as follows: 

  • Tuition covered (two graduate courses, books, fees and the NBPTS components - two components in year one)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidate registration

Course details:

  • 6-hours graduate credit
  • 100% online cohort model
  • Synchronous and asynchronous class schedules
  • NBPTS two (2) components completed in year one
  • NBCT one-on-one coaching sessions

NBCT Candidate Academy Flyer (downloadable PDF)

NBCT Candidate Academy Eligibility and Application


Arkansas educators holding a standard license, with a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience in an Arkansas public school and currently teaching in an Arkansas public school in one of the following Arkansas Education Service Cooperatives are eligible for the NBCT Academy beginning Fall 2021: Ozark Unlimited, North Central, Northeast, Great Rivers, Arkansas River, Southeast, South Central, Southwest, and Dequeen/Mena. If you meet the eligibility criteria, this FREE grant-funded National Board Certified Teacher Candidate Academy is for you!

How do I apply?

Box 12261
Searcy, AR  72149

  • If you have any questions, please call 501-279-5465.

NBCT Candidate Academy Application (downloadable PDF)

NBCT Candidate Academy - Course Schedule

Current Course Schedule: National Board Fall Schedule

What is National Board Certification?

Harding University's ONLINE National Board Certification Program is a candidate support system designed to help you navigate the sometimes daunting and overwhelming world of National Board Certification. This two-course series analyzes the four components of the NBPTS assessment process, helps you identify your strengths and areas of growth, and provides strategic and substantial support.

  • Flexible and online
  • Two-course series (Fall and Spring)
  • For current licensed educators with 3 or more years of teaching experience

Become an agent of change and transformation for your individual students through National Board Certification. Next class: January 31, 2022.

Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year has been reduced more than 22%!

  • Fall 2021: National Board graduate course (EDFD 6440) has an additional $600 scholarship off of the $1,200 tuition.
  • Spring 2022: National Board graduate course (EDFD 6460) has $250 off of the $1,200 tuition. 

“Harding's National Board class with Dr. Carroll is phenomenal! The feedback and recommendations about my writing provided the focus I needed to achieve in one year. ” –Ms. Sarah Emfinger, NBCT, MAT 5th Grade Literacy Teacher Beebe Middle School

Why should I become National Board Certified?

  1. Financial Benefits. In Arkansas, NBCTs receive a yearly retention bonus of $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 from the Arkansas Department of Education, depending on your school and district poverty level. Many school districts pay an additional retention bonus.
  2. Advance Student Achievement Rates. Studies have shown that students of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outperform students of non-NBCTs on achievement tests.
  3. Network of Excellence. Join more than 100,000 NBCTs that represent most subject areas and developmental levels (K-12).

Harding University National Board Statistics

Harding University has had more than 1,200 educators participate in the National Board support program.

The achievement rate of Harding's National Board candidates has been up to 80%, exceeding the national rate.

Application NBCT Candidate Academy

Application National Board Support Program

Admission Requirements


  • Complete the CAS application and submit appropriate fee.
  • Request official transcripts (required) from all colleges attended and have them sent to GradCAS: 
    • GradCAS Transcript Processing Center 
      PO Box 9217 Watertown, MA 02471 
    • To expedite a review of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts.
    • Note: An alumnus of Harding University does not need to request an HU transcript; records are on file. You can bypass this requirement in the Academic History quadrant.
  • Test Scores/Educator’s License Requirement
    • Upload a copy of your current valid educator license or 
    • Request one of the following test scores be sent to Harding University.
      • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
      • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
      • Praxis Subject Assessment or Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)
  • Upload a resume.


  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or 2.75 on the last 60 hours 
  • Cumulative GPA for provisional admittance: 2.35 (must maintain a 3.0 on the first 12 hours of coursework

For GradCAS application related questions: 
Phone: 857-304-2086 

For program related questions: 
Harding University
Department of Graduate Studies in Education
Phone: 501-279-4315
Fax: 501-279-4083 

Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursements

Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers tuition reimbursement for up to 6 graduate hours per year through the Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP).

Required Courses & Semester Course Schedules

Our program consists of the following two ONLINE courses that rigorously prepare you for National Board Certification:

  • EDFD 6440 - Pre-Candidacy toward National Board Professional Teaching Standards 
  • EDFD 6460 - Candidacy toward National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 

Current Course Schedule:  National Board Spring Schedule

Both of these courses may be included in Harding University's programs:

Want more information about National Board certification and courses?

NBCT Graduate Credit Opportunity

NBCTs can receive up to 9 hours of graduate credit by enrolling in the courses below:

- EDFD 5400 - National Board Certification Candidacy: Demonstrating Accomplished Teaching
- EDFD 5400 - National Board Certification: Demonstrating Accomplished Teaching
- EDFD 5400 - National Board Certification: Portfolio & Assessment Preparation

The cost of each 3-hour course for the 2020-2021 year is $1,626 to be registered on a Harding transcript. You would receive credit for the course(s) at the end of the semester. Since you've already achieved NB Certification, the graduate credit is for work already completed.


The National Board Certification Program is part of the Graduate Studies in Education in the College of Education


Fax: 501-279-4083

Mailing address:
Harding University
Graduate Studies in Education
Box 12261
Searcy, AR 72149-5615