How to Become a Teacher in Idaho

Idaho is a state with a growing student population. According to the Idaho State Department of Education, the public school districts in the state were home to more than 278,000 students in 2010 — a figure that has steadily been on the rise for the past four years. Students in the state enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of around 18.30 (or about 18 to 1), which has remained fairly consistent in recent years, despite student population growth. Becoming a teacher in Idaho involves a number of steps to obtain the proper training, credentials, and certification to teach in the state.

Education Requirements

Idaho teacher certification is required for those wishing to teach in Idaho public schools. There are a number of routes to certification in Idaho, but all applicants for certification must have a criminal background check submitted and approved prior to licensing. Applicants for teaching certification must also show they have the proper credentials from an accredited institution of higher education.

Idaho Teaching Certification

Idaho teaching certification refers to the area and grade level(s) an individual is eligible to teach. An endorsement refers to the content area or specific area of expertise a certificate holder can provide services. The term credential denotes the document on which all of an educator’s certificates and endorsements are listed.

Required Tests

Passing Praxis II assessments is required for Idaho teacher certification. Candidates who have taken the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) test do not have to take a Praxis II assessment test.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who substantially meet the requirements for Idaho teaching certification can apply for a three-year, non-renewable interim certificate. During the three-year interim, a candidate can complete any necessary coursework and tests required for full certification.

Helpful Resources

Academy di Firenze

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149 West Main Street
Jerome, ID 83338-2329
(208) 644-1546

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Certificate

Boise State University

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1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Brigham Young University-Idaho

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525 S Center
Rexburg, ID 83460-1690
(208) 496-1411

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

College of Southern Idaho

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315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 733-9554

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

College of Western Idaho

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5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 562-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Idaho State University

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921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-2700

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Lewis-Clark State College

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500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
(208) 792-5272

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

North Idaho College

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1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2199
(208) 769-3300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Northwest Nazarene University

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623 S. University Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83686-5897
(208) 467-8011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

The College of Idaho

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2112 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, ID 83605-4432
(208) 459-5011

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

University of Idaho

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875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282
(888) 884-3246

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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