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Idaho Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Idaho, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • Idaho requires all teachers to have their bachelor’s degree and complete an educator preparation program.
  • Educator preparation programs consist of all the general education and major requirements of a typical bachelor’s degree, as well as hands-on student teaching requirements.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Nearly all educator preparation programs have student teaching requirements that give educators supervised classroom experience.
  • Although Idaho does not have explicit parameters detailing a specific number of hours or weeks that student teachers must spend in their placement, student teaching is typically a full-time commitment that may span weeks or months.

Pass Required Exams

  • Teachers must take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam to qualify for teaching certification in Idaho.
  • Teachers must also take Praxis Subject Assessments that correspond with their specific subject areas, such as ESL, library media, and biological science.

Apply for Certification

  • To apply for licensure, educators must submit a signed application, official academic transcripts, a Praxis II assessment score sheet, an institutional recommendation form, and a background investigation check packet.
  • Applicants must mail these materials directly to the Idaho State Department of Education with a $75 application fee. Educators should allow 14 weeks for their application to be processed.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Idaho Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Idaho?

Educators in Idaho must complete six professional development credits and renew their certifications every five years to maintain valid licensure.

Teachers who pursue licensure through the traditional route can earn a five-year certification immediately after completing their educator preparation program.

Best Education Schools in Idaho

  • University of Idaho
  • Boise State University
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University

Idaho Teacher Salary Information

The average Entry Level Teacher salary in Idaho is $59,278 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $49,496 and $72,306.

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