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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.
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.
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.