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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 the following states. Contact the Idaho State Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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: The average elementary school teacher in Idaho makes $49,990
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Idaho makes $51,190
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Idaho makes 152% of the salary of the average worker in Idaho
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Idaho receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

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

Additional links

  • Idaho State Department of Education
  • Idaho Teacher Tenure
  • Troops to Teachers Idaho: In Idaho, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Lewis and Clark Region Office
  • Teachers Test Prep: Free online Praxis Study Guides and Praxis Practice Tests, and a variety of preparation options to meet your individual needs, including prep classes, private tutoring, and online
    prep.