Alternative Authorizations for Districts
If you are a school district/charter looking to fill an area of need with a candidate who does not hold an appropriate certificate/endorsement, there are Alternative Authorization options available.
This alternative authorization allows a local education agency to request an instructional certificate for an individual who possess distinct content knowledge and skills to teach in a content area.
The candidate must show proof of a certification program, to be included with the application. Completed applications will be approved by a Professional Standards Commission (PSC) staff member. Atypical applications will be reviewed by the Authorizations Committee. Upon approval, the candidate will be issued a three-year, non-renewable, Interim Certificate. During the three years, all program and state specific requirements, if applicable, will need to be completed to qualify for a five-year Standard Instructional.
To fill out an application, click the Content Specialist Application Packet accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.
This certification option is only available for candidates that are currently certificated in Idaho, but do not hold the endorsement for the area of need. The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request endorsement/certification when a professional position cannot be filled with someone who has the correct endorsement/certification.
This certification option is only available for candidates that are currently certificated in Idaho, but do not hold the endorsement for the area of need. The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request endorsement/certification when a professional position cannot be filled with someone who has the correct endorsement/certification. Teacher to New-Certificate Option I will receive a three-year, non-rewable, Interim Certificate. Teacher to New-Endorsement Option I will receive a one (1) year certificate and may be renewed for two (2) addtional years with evidence of satisfactory progress towards completion of state approved preparation program.
Requirements to complete during your authorization and then apply for a revision of your certificate:
Option I Candidates – College/University
- Complete an educator preparation program and obtain an Institutional Recommendation
Option II Candidates – Master’s degree in the content area - One (1) year, non-renewable certificate
- Signed District/Charter and Mentor Recommendation for Alternative Authorization – Teacher to New Endorsement OPTION II and III Completers form confirming completion of a State Board Approved Mentor Program
Option III Candidates – content area assessment plus mentoring - One (1) year, non-rewable certificate
- Passage of the applicable Praxis II assessment(s) in the endorsement area or passage of the applicable ABCTE assessments; completed baccalaureate degree in the content area; or meet or exceed the required number of points using the Uniform Standard for Evaluating Content Compentency (rubric)
- One (1) year state board-approved mentoring program. Signed District/Charter and Mentor Recommendation for Alternative Authorization-Teacher to New Endorsement Option II and III Completers form confirming completion of a State Board Approved Mentor Program.
To fill out an application, click open the Teacher to New Application Packet accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.
This Alternative Authorization allows a local education agency to request certification and endorsements for a candidate when a position requiring a Pupil Service Staff certificate cannot be filled. The candidate will be a issued a three-year, non-renewable, Interim Certificate. The Alternative Authorization-Pupil Service Staff can only be used for School Counselor or School Social-Worker and the candidate must hold a baccalaureate degree. Please visit our Pupil Service Staff certification page for Interim School Nurse, Interim Speech Language Pathologist or School Psychologist information.
To fill out an application, click open the Pupil Service Staff Application Packets accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.
The State Board of Education (SBOE) will review complete Emergency Provisional applications. The Emergency Provisional allows a school district or charter school to request a one-year certification/endorsement in an emergency situation for a candidate who does not hold the required Idaho certificate/endorsement to fill a position. The candidate must have completed 48 credits or hold an Associate degree.
The applications for Emergency Provisionals are required to be submitted to the Department of Education at least six weeks prior to the State Board of Education meeting. Incomplete applications will not be placed on the State Board of Education agenda for consideration.
To fill out an application, click open the State Board of Education Emergency Provisional Certificate accordion button in the Resource Files tab below.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please ensure all forms are signed, approving the request for the alternative authorization. Incomplete packets will be placed on hold until the missing inforamtion is received. Any incomplete applications at the end of the school year will not be approved.
- Applications should be mailed to:
State Department of Education
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027