Alternative Authorizations for Districts

If you are a school district/charter looking to fill an area of need with a candidate who does not hold an appropriate certificate/endorsement, there are Alternative Authorization options available.


The purpose of this alternative authorization is to offer an expedited route to certification for individuals who are highly and uniquely qualified in a subject area to teach in a district with an identified need for teachers in that area. Alternative authorization in this area is valid for one (1) year and may be renewed for two (2) additional years with evidence of satisfactory progress toward completion of an approved alternative route preparation program. Interim certification is valid for not more than three (3) years total.

To fill out an application, click open the Content Specialist Application Packet.

This certification option is only available for candidates that are currently certificated in Idaho, but do not hold the endorsement for the area of need. The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request endorsement/certification when a professional position cannot be filled with someone who has the correct endorsement/certification. Alternative authorization in this area is valid for one (1) year and may be renewed for two (2) additional years with evidence of satisfactory progress toward completion of an approved alternative route preparation program. Interim certification is valid for not more than three (3) years total.

To fill out an application, click open the Teacher to New Certification/Endorsement accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.

The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request endorsement/certification when a position requiring the Pupil Personnel Services certificate cannot be filled with someone who has the correct endorsement/certification. The exception to this rule is the Interim School Nurse endorsement and the Interim Speech Language Pathologist endorsement. The requirements for these endorsements are defined in Subsection 015.04 of these rules. The alternate authorization is valid for one (1) year and may be renewed for two (2) additional years with evidence of satisfactory progress toward completion of an approved alternative route preparation program. Interim certification is valid for not more than three (3) years total.

To fill out an application, click open the Pupil Personnel Services Application Packets accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will now review all applications for one-year emergency provisional certification. The Professional Standards Commission will continue to review all applications for the Alternative Authorization-Teacher to New, Content Specialist, and Pupil Personnel Services.

Emergency Provisional Certificate is a district request that allows a district/charter to request one-year emergency certification for a candidate who does not hold a current Idaho certificate/credential, but who has a strong content background, at least two (2) years of college training and some educational pedagogy, to fill an area of need that requires certification/endorsement. The district/charter must provide documented proof that an emergency exists. While the candidate is under emergency provisional certification, no financial penalties will be assessed to the hiring district.

In order to determine what endorsement is needed for specific assignments, please access the annual SDE Assignment Credential Manual.

The SBOE will review the application(s) submitted. The SBOE will review only complete packets. If approved, the emergency provisional certification will be valid for the school year for which the application is submitted and approved.

The candidate for whom the Emergency Provisional Certificate is approved can teach under the emergency provisional certification one year only. If the candidate wishes to continue teaching with a district/charter the following school year, the candidate must be enrolled in an educator preparation program and be eligible for the Alternative Authorization-Teacher to New, Content Specialist, or Pupil Personnel Services. Candidates who have previously taught under the Provisional Authorization and/or Alternative Authorization-Content Specialist are not eligible for emergency provisional certification.

Review of all applications for emergency provisional certificates will adhere to the SBOE’s formal meeting schedule. Applications for emergency provisional certificates will be reviewed within two SBOE meetings (i.e., if the application does not make it onto the agenda for the upcoming SBOE meeting, it will be put on the agenda for the next SBOE meeting).



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