Interim Certificate/Credential for Educators Trained in Foreign Institutions

Application Guidelines

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.

A complete packet must include the following items:

1) Completed and signed application (Form B1 - Application for an Idaho Certificate/Credential)

2) Completed fingerprint card (required if not already on file, if the applicant has had a break in service or if the applicant is changing districts). A processing fee must be included with the completed fingerprint card. Click here for processing fees.The Idaho certificate/credential will not be issued until the results of the background investigation check are received from the BCI/FBI. Another background check is not required if the candidate has a valid background check on file with the SDE and is still employed in the same school district without a break in service.

Fingerprint cards are not available on the State Department of Education website. If you are residing outside of Idaho, to obtain a fingerprint card and forms please email Brenda Arnold at with your mailing address. If you are residing in Idaho you can obtain the fingerprint card and forms from your employing school district office or they can be picked up from our office at 650 W. State Street, 2nd floor of the Len B. Jordan Building, Monday to Friday 8AM to 4:45 PM.

Once you receive the fingerprint packet, take it to your local police department or sheriff’s office and have your prints rolled on the card. Return the fingerprint packet and fee with your Idaho teacher application packet. Click here for processing fees.

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
For the fingerprinting/background investigation check fee (if first-time applicant for an Idaho teaching certificate/credential) click here for processing fees.

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 Link.

Mail completed application materials to:

State Department of Education
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027

Please contact Lisa Colón at (208) 332-6886 for additional information.