Idaho Alternative Authorization – Content Specialist

For those looking to become a teacher in Idaho, there is a quick, alternative route you can take to earn your teaching certification. Here is a look at the Idaho Alternative Authorization – Content Specialist process.

Program Mission and Overview

The primary purpose of Idaho’s Alternative Authorization – Content Specialist program is to prepare qualified individuals to teach in specific subject areas. This teaching certificate takes three years to earn and is not renewable. Upon completion of three years of teaching, candidates may apply for a five-year license.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates who are interested in completing this program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a related subject area
  • Pass the PRAXIS II test in the chosen subject area to be taught
  • Have a prospective employer willing to hire
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Choose a university teacher preparation program and develop a plan to earn certification

Interested applicants can find the application documents and instructions at the Idaho Department of Education website.

Financial Information

Tuition and fees for this program vary depending on the college the candidate chooses to attend and the number of credit hours taken. The candidate must also pay $100 for the application and $40 for the background check. Scholarships, grants and federal or private student loans can help students pay for this certification program.


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