This application packet is intended for those individuals applying for a certificate/credential in Idaho who have completed an educator preparation program in another country.
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 - 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 background investigation 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 background investigation check.
Fingerprint cards are not available on the State Department of Education website. To obtain a fingerprint card please email Andrea Capdeville at email@example.com. Once you receive the fingerprint card, take it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and have your prints rolled on the card. Return the fingerprint card, fee, and forms with your Idaho teacher application packet.
3) Application fee - $75
Checks and money orders are to be made payable to the State Department of Education. Credit cards are not accepted. Payment is non-refundable.
$75 for the credential fee
$40 for the fingerprinting/background investigation check (if first-time applicant for an Idaho teaching certificate/credential)
One check or money order for both fees is acceptable.
4) Written evaluation of foreign credential and transcripts
Applicants from a foreign country applying for an Idaho certificate/credential must provide a written evaluation from an approved organization or commercial company that is qualified to evaluate foreign credentials and transcripts. This evaluation must verify an academic equivalency to American-based education, including a course-by-course transcript summary.
Evaluations of this type are the sole responsibility of the applicant at his/her own expense. For further assistance, including a list of companies that provide foreign credential evaluations, please access the following webpage for a list of Foreign Evaluation Services .
Mail completed application materials to:
State Department of Education
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
Please contact Christina Linder at (208) 332-6886 for additional information.