The information below is for individuals who have completed a Teacher Preparation program at an Idaho college/university and are seeking their initial Idaho certificate. Check with your university/college prior to application to see if you need to apply directly through the college of education.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to have all required certification materials submitted together in one packet. An applicant who carefully prepares their application packet using the following guidelines will receive their certificate in the least amount of time. An application will not be evaluated until all materials have been received.

A completed initial packet must include the following items:

1. Completed and signed Idaho Educator Certification Application.

  • You may only apply for endorsements listed on the institutional recommendation.

2. Application Fee

  • The fee is $75.00.
  • Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education. Credit Cards are not accepted at this time. Payment is non-refundable. Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins.

3. Completed Background Investigation Check (BIC) Packet. A completed packet includes:

  • Background Investigation Check Form
  • Instructions for Handling Fingerprint Cards Form
  • Non-Criminal Justice Privacy Statement Form
  • State Department of Education Fingerprint Card
  • $27.00 processing fee
    • Check or money order made payable to the State Department of Education (SDE)
    • Payment is non-refundable
    • Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins

You may request a SDE BIC packet by sending an email with your name, full mailing address, and number of packets requested to Packets will be mailed out within five (5) business days. For questions regarding the BIC process, please call (208) 332-6888.

4. Official Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

  • All transcripts need to be included with your application packet.
  • Grade reports, faxed material, copies, placement files or other unofficial transcripts are not acceptable for certification.
  • Official transcripts may be opened by the applicant as long as they are printed on the institution's original security paper.
  • If you are requesting that your university send your electronic transcripts directly to us, please note that on your application and put in the transcript request after we have received your application.

5. Completed Institutional Recommendation for Idaho Education Credential Form.

  • This form must be completed by the College of Education at your university.

6. Official Praxis II assessment score sheet

  • A photocopy is acceptable

Initial certificate is issued for five (5) years. It expires August 31 of the appropriate year, unless otherwise specified.

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