The Certification department at the Idaho State Department of Education has a strong commitment to high standards for all school personnel. Our mission is to support districts and education professionals to promote the success of all Idaho students by striving for educational excellence and highly effective instruction.
To qualify for an Idaho certificate/credential, a candidate must complete one of the following:
An Idaho state-approved college/university preparation program
An out-of-state college/university preparation program
The non-traditional route of American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) or Teach for America (TFA) if applicable.
If you complete an out-of-state teacher preparation program that does not have a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), or Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) accreditation, you may have to apply for that state’s certification in order to use that current, valid out-of-state certificate to apply for Idaho certification.
If an Idaho public school district or charter school wishes to fill an area of need with a candidate who has not yet completed their preparation program, the district/charter can apply for an alternative authorization. If the application is approved by the Professional Standards Commission’s Authorizations Committee, the candidate would be authorized to serve in that area of need while they simultaneously complete their preparation program. The candidate must be enrolled in a preparation program for the same area of certification/endorsement for which the alternative authorization is applied.
Meet the minimum requirements set by Idaho Code §33-1202. You must also complete a state approved teacher preparation program. The State Board of Education may refuse to issue or authorize a certificate to any applicant for such reason as would have constituted grounds for revoking a certificate.
Contact the College of Education at a university that offers a teacher certification program. A representative from the College of Education should be able to tell you what it would take to complete the program. Or, complete a state board approved non-traditional program through the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) or Teach for America (TFA).
For certification purposes, the Praxis II is the State Board of Education (SBOE)-approved content and performance assessments used in Idaho. For further information regarding Praxis II assessments and to register for an assessment, refer to the PRAXIS website.
No. However, additional Certificates and/or endorsements added to an existing certificate/credential through a traditional teacher preparation program may require a Praxis II Test.
Each Idaho school district advertises its own vacancies and maintains its own employment procedures. District vacancies are often listed with college or university placement centers or with the Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor. Questions about openings and salaries need to be addressed to respective school districts. To view available job listings, access Idaho's Education Employment Website.