Applying for Idaho Educator Certification
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Below is an explanation of the certificate options in Idaho. These descriptions will help you determine which application you will need to fill out for your Idaho certificate.
This process is for individuals who hold a current, valid certificate in another state OR for those who do not hold a current out-of-state certificate but have completed a teacher preparation program approved by NCATE (National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education), TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) or CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) within the last two years.
This process is for individuals who need to renew their current, valid certificate. All regular Idaho credentials must be renewed every five (5) years to remain valid.
This process is for individuals who hold an Idaho certificate that has expired.
This process is for new certificates and/or endorsements that need to be added to an existing Idaho credential. Revisions can be made at any time during the five (5)-year period of the credential.
This process is for individuals who go the non-traditional route to certification who have completed an American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) or Teach for America (TFA) program.
This process is for individuals who have completed all the requirements for their three (3) -year interim certificate and are now seeking their five (5)-year renewable initial Idaho certificate/credential.
This process is for individuals who have completed a teacher preparation program at an Idaho college/university and are seeking their initial Idaho certificate/credential. Check with your university/college for institution specific application requirements prior to application.
The three (3)-year Interim Certificate for School Nurse (SN) or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) allows the candidate to serve as a School Nurse or Speech Language Pathologist while simultaneously completing the requirements to qualify for the five (5)-year, renewable Pupil Personnel Services certificate.
This process is for individuals applying for a certificate/credential in Idaho who have completed a teacher preparation program in another country.
This process is for individuals who hold a master's degree or higher in the content area being taught and are employed as a current faculty member from an accredited Idaho postsecondary institution.