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/credential in the least amount of time. An application will not be evaluated until all materials have been received.
1) Completed and signed application (Form B1-A - Alternative Authorization/Routes Application for an Idaho Certificate/Credential)
2) Completed fingerprint card
Applications must include a completed fingerprint card and the associated $40 fee. The Idaho certificate/credential will not be issued until the results of the criminal history background check are received from the BCI/FBI. A card verifying eligibility for certification will be issued if the applicant meets all academic requirements for certification. Possession of this card will allow a person who is academically eligible for certification to pursue employment as an Idaho educator pending results of the criminal history background check.
The SDE cannot accept a background check conducted by another agency, (i.e., ABCTE).
Fingerprint cards are not available on the State Department of Education website. If you are residing outside of Idaho, to obtain a fingerprint card and forms please email Brenda Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address. If you are residing in Idaho you can obtain the fingerprint card and forms from your employing school district office or they can be picked up from our office at 650 W. State Street, 2nd floor of the Len B. Jordan Building, Monday to Friday 8AM to 4:45 PM.
Once you receive the fingerprint packet, take it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and have your prints rolled on the card. Return the fingerprint packet and $40 fee with your Idaho teacher application packet.
3) Application fee - $100
Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education. Credit cards are not accepted. Payment is non-refundable. Cash in exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins.
$100 for the credential fee
$40 for the fingerprinting/criminal history background check (if first-time applicant for an Idaho teaching certificate/credential)
One check or money order for both fees is acceptable.
4) Notarized photocopy of the original American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certificate. A notarized photocopy can be obtained by taking the original out-of-state certificate/credential license to a notary public, (available at most offices and banks). The notary public will make a copy of the document and notarize that it is a true copy of the original certificate/credential/license. If the notary refuses to sign the photocopy, write a statement indicating the photocopy is a true copy of the original certificate, sign and date the statement and request the notary to notarize your signature on the statement. Attach the statement to the photocopy and this will suffice as a notarized photocopy.
IMPORTANT: The applicant will receive a three (3)-year Idaho interim certificate if the application packet is complete (pending results of the fingerprinting/criminal history background check). Complete packets must include the appropriate fees, notarized copy of the ABCTE certificate, the completed application and Idaho fingerprint card. 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. The mentor components must start during the three (3)-year interim certificate in order qualify for the five (5)-year renewable initial Idaho certificate/credential. The mentor components are located at the bottom of the following webpage and must be completed in order to qualify for your clear five (5)-year renewable initial Idaho certificate/credential: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/alt_routes.htm
Interim certificates/credentials are issued for three (3) years, a cycle beginning September 1 of the year issued and expiring August 31 of the appropriate year, unless otherwise specified.
Upon completion of the mentor requirements, the candidate can apply for the initial certificate/credential. See the Initial Certificate/Credential for Interim Completers guidelines when applying for the five (5)-year initial Idaho certificate/credential.
NOTE: All educators in Idaho are required to complete six (6) semester credit hours of professional development in order to renew the five (5)-year initial certificate/credential. For more information on this requirement access the following webpage: Renewal of an Idaho Certificate/Credential
Mail completed application materials to:
State Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027