Apply for Educator Certification
There are numerous ways to obtain a certificate in Idaho. Use the pulldowns below, or take our quiz, to determine which application is right for you. If you need an official duplicate of your current certificate you can request one using the Duplicate Certificate Online Application.
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.
Use the pulldowns below, or take our quiz, to determine which application is right for you.
|Certificate for Out-of-State Applicants||For individuals who completed an educator preparation program and/or hold a current, valid certificate in another state.|
|Initial Certificate for Idaho Graduates||For individuals who have completed an educator preparation program at an Idaho college/university and are seeking their initial Idaho certificate/credential.|
|Interim Certificate for Non-Traditional Candidates||For individuals who have completed the preliminary requirements of the non-traditional route to certification (ABCTE, CSI, LCSC or TFA).|
|Certificate for Pupil Service Staff||For individuals applying for a five (5) year renewable Pupil Service Staff Certificate.|
|Interim Certificate for Foreign Educators||For individuals who completed an educator preparation program in another country and hold a current, valid certificate in another country.|
|Initial Certificate for Postsecondary Specialist||For individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher in the content area being taught and are employed as a current faculty member from an accredited Idaho postsecondary institution.|
|Renewal of an Idaho Certificate||For individuals who need to renew their current, valid Idaho education credential.|
|Reinstatement of an Idaho Certificate||For individuals who hold an expired Idaho education credential.|
|Revision of an Idaho Certificate||For individuals who need to add a new certificate and/or endorsement to an existing Idaho education credential.|
|Interim Certificate Completer||For individuals who have completed all the requirements for their three-year interim certificate and are now seeking their five (5)-year renewable Idaho certificate.|
|Alternative Authorizations for Districts/Charter Schools||For local education agencies who are looking to fill a position with a candidate who does not hold an appropriate certificate/endorsement.|
|Public Charter School Administrator Certificate||This application is for a public charter school board of directors to hire a public charter school administrator under the provisions of Idaho Code 33-5206(4).|
|Public Charter School-Specific Teacher Certificate||This application is for a public charter school board of directors to hire a public charter school-specific teacher to serve as a charter school teacher under the provisions of Idaho Code §33-5206(6).|
Frequently Asked Questions
- Administrative Rules Related to Teachers
- American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)
- Educational Testing Service (ETS)
- Idaho Association of School Administrators
- Idaho Education Association
- Idaho's Education Employment Website
- Idaho School Boards Association
- Idaho State Board of Education
- Idaho Statute Related to Teachers
- Northwest Professional Educators
- Teach for America
- Troops to Teachers