Initial Certificate for Idaho Graduates
The information below is for individuals who have completed an Educator Preparation Program at an Idaho college/university and are seeking their initial Idaho certificate. Check with your college/university prior to application to see if you need to apply directly through the college of education.
Important: All required documents must be included in one packet for an application to be considered complete.
June through October is a busy time of year for Certification. Please allow 14-16 weeks processing time for your application once it has been submitted.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to have all required certification materials submitted. In an effort to expedite the process, applicants may submit all required materials in one packet. An application will not be processed until all materials have been received.
A completed initial packet must include the following items:
- Checks and money order are to be made payable to the State Department of Education (SDE)
- Credit cards are not accepted at this time
- Payment is non-refundable
- Cash in the exact amount will be accepted for walk-ins
If you completed an SDE Background Investigation Check with your college or university in order to complete Student Teaching within three (3) years of application for Certification an additional BIC is not required. If you are unsure of the status of your BIC, please call (208) 332-6883.
- Official transcripts must verify certification and endorsement areas
- Official transcripts may be opened by the applicant as long as they are printed on the institution’s original security paper
- Please include transcripts with your packet in order to expedite your application
- If transcripts are not included with your packet, please note in your application whether you are sending them electronically or by mail
- Official transcripts sent electronically/faxed directly from the university/college are acceptable
- The university/college may send electronic transcripts directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Form must be completed by the College of Education at the applicant’s university
- Form must verify completion of an:
- Idaho Certification Program
- Out-of-State NCATE/TEAC/CAEP approved program
- A photocopy is acceptable
- Electronic copies cannot be transmitted directly from ETS to the Department of Education
Mail complete packet to:
State Department of Education
Attn: Teacher Certification
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
Frequently Asked Questions
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