Idaho Alternative Teacher Certification

For individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and who are interested in becoming licensed teachers, there are multiple routes to earning a Idaho alternative teacher certification.

Computer-Based Alternative Teacher Certification Program

One route utilizes a state-approved, computer-based program (the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence or ABCTE). These programs must pre-assess the participant’s knowledge of teaching as well as the intended content area, and they must utilize an advisor who possesses knowledge within the area of instruction. Successful completion of the program includes passing the Praxis examinations required of those pursuing a teaching license in the traditional manner.

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Assessment-Based Alternative Teacher Certification Program

Another alternate route requires the production of at least three assessments verifying competency within the content area. These three assessments must, at the very least, include a rubric-driven portfolio that establishes the applicant’s mastery of Standard 1 (knowledge of subject matter) of the Idaho teaching standards; successful completion of a student teaching program; and passing score(s) on the appropriate Praxis assessment(s).

Interim Teaching License

Successful applicants pursuing either alternative route will be granted a three-year interim license. During these three years, a two-year mentoring program must be successfully completed. In addition to the mentoring program, it is necessary to successfully meet the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy requirement. Before being granted a five-year certificate, the applicant must also pass the background check.

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Additional Information on an Idaho Alternative Teacher Certification

The following resources provide additional information on alternative routes to becoming a teacher in Idaho.
Alternative Routes to Teaching Idaho State Department of Education

Schools with Programs for Alternate Certification in Idaho

Because the alternative certification process is complex, we have researched and provided specific school programs below for individuals who have a bachelors degree outside of education and want to become a teacher. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these specific programs

(Other master’s programs not listed below are intended for teachers who are trying to get deeper into their profession.)

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