This application is for individuals who are working on completing one of the following non-traditional educator preparation programs:

  • American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)
  • College of Southern Idaho (CSI)
  • Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC)
  • Teach for America (TFA)

and are applying for their three-year interim certificate. During the validity of the three (3) year interim certificate, the applicant must meet all requirements listed for the specific certificate and endorsement areas.


A complete application must include the following items:

  • Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education (SDE)
  • Credit cards are not accepted at this time
  • Payment is non-refundable
  • Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins

Completed Background Investigation Check (BIC) Packet must include:

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

  • Official transcripts must verify baccalaureate degree
  • Official transcripts may be opened and verified but the institution’s original security paper version must be submitted
  • Please include transcripts with your packet in order to expedite your application
  • If transcripts are not included with your packet, please note in your application whether you are sending them electronically or by mail
  • Transcripts will not be accepted until two weeks after the application is received as we cannot link them to your application until it is received
  • Include documentation of employment
  • Documentation may include:
    • Letter from hiring district/charter school or educator preparation program
    • Section IV – Employment Verification completed on Background Investigation Check Form (see Completed Background Investigation Check (BIC) Packet above

Please submit one of the following. The document does not need to be notarized.

  • ABCTE Classroom Ready Certificate
  • CSI – Letter from CSI
  • LCSC – Letter from LCSC
  • TFA – Letter from TFA

When all required documents are received, the applicant will be issued an interim certificate valid for three (3) years. The applicant is then eligible to work in an Idaho school in the certificated/endorsed area indicated on the interim certificate under a mentor teacher.

In order to qualify for a five (5) year renewable Idaho certificate, the candidate must complete a state board approved mentor program and meet all requirements listed for the specific certificate and endorsement areas.

Mentor Program Requirements

The state board approved mentor program must be conducted for two years during the three (3) year interim certificate in order to qualify for the five (5) year renewable Idaho certificate. All of your artifacts from your mentor program are to be reviewed with your mentor and/or evaluator. It is not required that you submit them to the State Department of Education as evidence; however, it is recommended that you keep them for your professional records.

All Candidates

  • The state board approved mentor program must be conducted for two years during the three (3) year interim certificate in order to qualify for the five (5) year renewable Idaho certificate
  • All of your artifacts from your mentor program are to be reviewed with your mentor and/or evaluator. It is not required that you submit them to the State Department of Education as evidence, however it is recommended that you keep them for your professional records

ABCTE Candidates

Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course/Assessment (All candidates with the All Subjects K-8 and/or Special Education endorsements)

The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (ICLC) is offered through university providers at a variety of venues throughout Idaho. The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy requirement can be fulfilled by completing and passing an in-person or online course, or by successful completion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment. Please visit the English Language Arts/Literacy page for additional information on course providers.

Mathematical Thinking for Instruction/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (All candidates with All Subjects K-8 and/or Mathematics endorsements)

The Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI)/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a three-credit course that gives Idaho teachers and administrators the best practices and teaching strategies they need to help all students succeed in math. Please visit the Mathematics page for additional information on the course and course providers.

If you have completed the requirements of your three (3) year interim certificate and are ready to apply for your five (5) year renewable certificate please visit our Interim Certificate Completer page.

Mail complete packet to:


State Department of Education
Attn: Teacher Certification
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027


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