Become a Teacher in Idaho

Idaho Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $47,630
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,540
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/09/2018

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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 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.

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Master’s 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.

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.

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 American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certification as a route to earning your Idaho teacher certification. Learn more about alternative teacher certification in Idaho.

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Step Three: Idaho Required Tests

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
(Grades K-8)

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

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



Idaho Required Tests for Secondary Education
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) English to Speakers of Other Languages 155
Biological Sciences (6-12) Biology: Content Knowledge 139
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 Arts 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 155
Family & Consumer Science Family and Consumer Sciences 153
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 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
Psychology (6-12) Psychology 154
Social Studies (6-12) Social Studies: Content Knowledge 150
Sociology (6-12)
Sociology/Anthropology (6-12)
Sociology 154
Technology Education Technology Education 154



Idaho Required Tests for Special Education
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

Exceptional Child:
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


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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

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.

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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.

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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: $47,630
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,540
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

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Idaho Certification Resources & Links

650 West State Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 332-6800

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