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.

If the applicant holds a current, valid certificate in another state and submits a complete application, the applicant may receive a three (3)-year Idaho interim certificate (upon clearance of the background investigation check). The interim certificate will allow the applicant to work in an Idaho school in the certificated/endorsed area indicated on the interim certificate while completing any Idaho coursework and/or testing requirements. Once all deficiencies noted on the interim certificate are completed, the applicant may apply for a renewable, five (5)-year initial Idaho certificate (IDAPA

If the initial evaluation demonstrates that the applicant meets all Idaho coursework and testing requirements, then a renewable, five (5)-year certificate will be issued instead of the interim certificate.

A complete packet must include the following items:

1. Completed and signed application Form B1.
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. Copy of your current, valid certificate

  • The certificate must have a visible, valid time period.
  • A copy of a current, valid out-of-state certificate is required if you did not complete an NCATE-, TEAC- or CAEP-approved certification program in the last 2 years. If you completed an NCATE-, TEAC- or CAEP-approved certification program in the last 2 years, an Institutional Recommendation (form available under Resource Files below) will be accepted in place of the out-of-state certificate.
  • If your state does not issue hard copy certificates, include a copy printed from its website verifying your certification. This copy does not need to be notarized.

5. 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.

6. Official PRAXIS II assessment score sheet

  • PRAXIS II scores are only required for applications for Standard Elementary, Standard Secondary, Standard Exceptional Child, and Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education certificates.
  • PRAXIS scores are not needed for administrators or pupil personnel services.
  • The PRAXIS II requirement may be waived if the out-of-state candidate can provide verification of a content mastery through a master's degree in the specific content area or verification of a current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate in the specific content area.
  • If you have taken content testing other than PRAXIS to obtain your out-of-state certificate, please include a photocopy of the score sheets, as that testing may possibly be accepted in place of PRAXIS testing.

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