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.

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