MTI/TMT Requirement

In 2007, the Idaho State Department of Education formed a joint task force committee to determine the needs and make recommendations regarding a statewide mathematics initiative. Based on the committee's recommendation, the Idaho state legislature and State Board of Education passed rule in spring of 2008 requiring all K-12 mathematics educators and administrators in the state to take a three-credit professional development course titled Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI)/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Requirement for re-certification.

Idaho State University and the University of Idaho partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) to develop the approved alternate for the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI) which is the Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) course.

While the funding for the administration of the course is currently covered by the SDE, credits needed for recertification are not covered. 


According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.01, in order to recertify, a select group of Idaho educators and administrators are required to take one of the three state approved MTI or TMT courses. The following educators are required to successfully complete the course:

  • Each teacher holding an Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate (Birth - Grade 3) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom, K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Elementary Certificate (K-8) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Secondary Certificate (6-12) teaching in a math content classroom (grade six (6) through grade twelve (12)) including Title I who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each teacher holding a Standard Exceptional Child Certificate (K-12) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8)
  • Each school administrator holding an Administrator Certificate (Pre K-12) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom K-8), including all school district and charter administrators.

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.01, out-of-state applicants shall take the state approved mathematics instruction course titled “Mathematical Thinking for Instruction” as a certification requirement. The “Mathematical Thinking for Instruction” course consists of three (3) credits (or forty-five (45) contact hours of in-service training).

Those individuals who qualify for an Idaho certificate through state reciprocity shall be granted a three-year, non-renewable, interim certificate to allow time to meet the Idaho Mathematics In-service program requirement.

The TMT course can be taken in place of the MTI course to meet the requirement.

According to IDAPA 08.02.02.016.01, when applying for certificate renewal, an automatic waiver of the mathematics in-service program requirement shall be granted for any certificated individual living outside of the state of Idaho who is not currently employed as an educator in the state of Idaho. This waiver applies only as long as the individual remains outside the state of Idaho or as long as the individual is not employed as an educator in the state of Idaho. Upon returning to Idaho or employment in an Idaho public school, the educator will need to complete this requirement prior to the next renewal period.



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  • Region I

    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    The Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a new course that fulfills the 3 credit MTI course requirement for Idaho teachers. This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and student reasoning of number and operation topics within a framework of a student-centered, problem-based classroom.

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  • Region II


    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    The Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a new course that fulfills the 3 credit MTI course requirement for Idaho teachers. This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and student reasoning of number and operation topics within a framework of a student-centered, problem-based classroom.

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  • Region IV, V & VI

    Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) Courses

    Idaho State University has recently partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, as part as the Idaho Math Initiative to ensure teachers are given the opportunity to stay current in mathematical education and research for their classrooms.

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