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To become a certified teacher in Idaho, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

Applying for Certification

The Idaho State Department of Education mandates that all candidates applying for initial certification must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Complete the minimum requirements of a state-approved educator preparation program or an Idaho state-approved alternate educator certification program
  • Pass a criminal and background check
  • Pass Praxis II test(s) in appropriate certification area(s)

Idaho Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas.

  • Elementary Education: A minimum of twenty-four (24) semester credit hours, or thirty-six (36) quarter credit hours, in the philosophical, psychological, and methodological foundations and in the professional subject matter of elementary education, which shall include at least six (6) semester credit hours, or nine (9) quarter credit hours, in developmental reading and its application to the content area. At least six (6) semester credit hours, or nine (9) quarter credit hours, of elementary student teaching or two (2) years of satisfactory experience as a teacher in grades K-8
  • Secondary Education: A minimum of twenty (20) semester credit hours, or thirty (30) quarter credit hours, in the philosophical, psychological, and methodological foundations, in instructional technology, and in the professional subject matter of secondary education, which must include at least three (3) semester credit hours, or five (5) quarter hours, of reading in the content area. The required twenty (20) semester credit hours, or thirty (30) quarter credit hours, must also include at least six (6) semester credit hours, or nine (9) quarter credit hours, of secondary student teaching or two (2) years of satisfactory experience as a teacher in grades six (6) through twelve (12). Preparation in at least two (2) fields of secondary teaching: first teaching field of at least thirty (30) semester credit hours, or forty-five (45) quarter credit hours, and a second teaching field of at least twenty (20) semester credit hours, or thirty (30) quarter credit hours. Preparation of not less than forty-five (45) semester credit hours, or sixty-seven (67) quarter credit hours, in a single subject area may be used in lieu of the first teaching field or second teaching field requirements.

Idaho Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship. While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the State of Idaho, visit our Idaho Teacher Scholarship page.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. The state of Idaho officially recognizes ABCTE certification as a route to earning your Idaho teacher certification. Click here to learn more about alternative teacher certification in Idaho

Idaho Required Tests

 

Certification Area Available/Required Test(s) Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood
158
159
Elementary Education
(Grades K-8)
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

  • Reading/Language Arts Subtest
  • Mathematics Subtest
  • Social Studies Subtest
  • Science Subtest
  • (Additional tests are required for middle school and/or K-12 endorsement.)

165
164
155
159
Secondary Education
(Grades 6-12 -OR- Grades K-12)
Please see table below for Secondary Education content areas
Special Education Please see table below for Special Education content areas

 


 

Secondary Education Content Area Required Test(s) Qualifying Score
Agriculture Science & Technology (6-12) Agriculture 510
American Gov’t/Political Science (6-12) Government/Political Science 149
Art (K-12) or (6-12) Art: Content Knowledge 151
Bilingual Education (6-12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 151
Business Technology Education (6-12) Business Education: Content Knowledge 148
Chemistry (6-12) Chemistry: Content Knowledge 139
Communication (6-12) Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 143
Drama (6-12) Theatre 148
Earth Science (6-12) Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 144
Economics (6-12) Economics 150
English (6-12) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 167
English as a New Language (K-12) English to Speakers of Other Languages 144
Family & Consumer Science Family and Consumer Sciences 151
Geography (6-12) Geography 153
Geology (6-12) Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 144
Health (6-12) Health Education 155
History (6-12) World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge 144
Library Media Specialist (K-12) Library Media Specialist 151
Literacy (K-12) Reading Specialist 164
Marketing Technology Education (6-12) Marketing Education 158
Mathematics (6-12) Mathematics: Content Knowledge 160
Mathematics, Basic (6-12) Middle School Mathematics INSERT
Music (6-12) or (K-12) Music: Content Knowledge 165
Natural Science (6-12) General Science: Content Knowledge 149
Physical Education (6-12) or (K-12) Physical Education: Content Knowledge 143
Physical Science (6-12) Physical Science: Content Knowledge 145
Physics (6-12) Physics: Content Knowledge 129
Psychology (6-12) Psychology 154
Social Studies (6-12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 150
Sociology (6-12)
Sociology/Anthropology (6-12)
Sociology 570
Technology Education Technology Education 154

 


 

Special Ed. Content Area Available/Required Test Qualifying Score(s)
Exceptional Child: Generalist (K-12) Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications

  • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
158
153

165
164
155
159
Exceptional Child:
Hearing Impaired (K-12)
Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
145
160
Visually Impaired (K-12) Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
-145
163

 

Idaho Certification Reciprocity

Idaho will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska and Iowa. Contact the Idaho State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Idaho Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Idaho provides no support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and or for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Idaho has limited/weak induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $49,990
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $51,190
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Idaho makes 152% of the salary of the average worker in Idaho
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

Idaho Education Jobs

Idaho Education Jobs is an online database for prospective educators to search and apply for teaching (and non-instructional) positions within the Idaho Public School system. Users are able to search for positions through a number of filters, such as region, grade level and job type. Each listing includes the appropriate contact information to apply for the position. Candidates are not required to register an account to search and apply for job opportunities.

Idaho Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Idaho.

Contact Information

Idaho State Department of Education

650 West State Street

P.O. Box 83720

Boise, Idaho 83720

(202) 332-6800 – Contact

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