- Teacher Certification Map
- Become a Teacher in Idaho
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To become a certified teacher in Idaho, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
- Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
- Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
- Step Three: Pass required exams.
- Step Four: Submit an Idaho teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Idaho 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. Here is some of the prerequisite coursework in Idaho:
- Elementary Education: A minimum of 24 semester credit hours, or 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 6 semester credit hours, or 9 quarter credit hours, in developmental reading and its application to the content area. At least 6 semester credit hours, or 9 quarter credit hours, of elementary student teaching or 2 years of satisfactory experience as a teacher in grades K-8
- Secondary Education: A minimum of 20 semester credit hours, or 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 3 semester credit hours, or 5 quarter hours, of reading in the content area. The required 20 semester credit hours, or 30 quarter credit hours, must also include at least 6 semester credit hours, or 9 quarter credit hours, of secondary student teaching or 2 years of satisfactory experience as a teacher in grades 6-12. Preparation in at least 2 fields of secondary teaching: first teaching field of at least 30 semester credit hours, or 45 quarter credit hours, and a second teaching field of at least 20 semester credit hours, or 30 quarter credit hours. Preparation of not less than 45 semester credit hours, or 67 quarter credit hours, in a single subject area may be used in lieu of the first teaching field or second teaching field requirements.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.
Step Two: 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 include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (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.
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 American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certification as a route to earning your Idaho teacher certification. Click here to learn more about alternative teacher certification in Idaho.
Step Three: 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
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
(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||147|
|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)||Biology: Content Knowledge||139|
|Biological Sciences (6-12)||English to Speakers of Other Languages||155|
|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|
|Earth Science (6-12)||Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge||144|
|English (6-12)||English Language Arts: Content Knowledge||167|
|English as a New Language (K-12)||English to Speakers of Other Languages||155|
|Family & Consumer Science||Family and Consumer Sciences||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||141|
|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||165|
|Music (6-12) or (K-12)||Music: Content Knowledge||148|
|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||143|
|Physics (6-12)||Physics: Content Knowledge||129|
|Social Studies (6-12)||Social Studies: Content Knowledge||150|
|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
Hearing Impaired (K-12)
|Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students
|Visually Impaired (K-12)||Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Step Four: Idaho Application Requirements
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 alternative educator certification program
- Pass a criminal and background check
- Pass Praxis II test(s) in appropriate certification area(s)
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 Certification Reciprocity
Idaho will accept some teaching credentials from some states. For more information on certification reciprocity, visit the Idaho State Department of Education certificate page for out-of-state applicants. 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 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: $47,260
- Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $44,550
- Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15
Idaho Certification Resources & Links
650 West State Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
- Idaho Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Idaho: In Idaho, Troops to Teachers is managed by the Lewis and Clark Region Office
- Idaho Education Jobs
- 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.
- Idaho Substitute Teacher Requirements