Idaho Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Idaho
In order to acquire Idaho teacher certification, it is necessary to complete a teacher preparation program that meets both the Idaho State Board of Education standards as well as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. Once the program is completed, an application package must be submitted to the state. Included in this packet should be a completed fingerprint card (along with the $40 fee) for a background check, the application fee of $75 payable to the state, official transcripts detailing completion of the education program as well as an institutional recommendation verifying completion of the program, and verification of successful completion of the Praxis II assessment.
- I want to be a teacher in Idaho, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Idaho’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- AA in Education (Non-Licensure)
- M.Ed. - Teaching and Learning
- M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education
- MA in Teaching - Elementary Education
- And more...
Idaho Teacher Education Requirements
For any teacher education program to meet Idaho State Board of Education standards, that program must meet the standards of the NCATE. Within the state there are nine colleges and universities that hold this accreditation and that offer the bachelor degrees required of teachers. The program curriculum itself focuses on Idaho’s ten core teacher standards which include elements such as knowledge of subject matter, differentiating instruction based on students’ needs, and managing classrooms. Common majors for those seeking a bachelor’s degree in education include elementary education (grades K – 8), secondary education (grades 7 – 12), physical education (grades K – 12), and special education (grades K – 12).
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Boise State University: Boise State University is home to College of Education that consists of the departments of Bilingual Education, Counselor Education, Curriculum, Instructional and Foundational Studies, Educational Technology, Kinesiology, Literacy, and Special Education and Early Childhood Studies. The College of Education at Boise State is highly regarded as one of the finest in the Pacific Northwest. It is home to over 2,300 students with the majority being enrolled in one of the 25 undergraduate degree programs. The graduate and doctoral programs consist of approximately 600 students total enrolled in 14 programs. Boise State education majors are known for their passion for students and ability to draw potential out of students at any age. The school features above average passing test scores and grades among their undergraduate and graduate populations.
Lewis-Clark State College: Lewis-Clark State College, located in Lewiston, Idaho, has been educating teachers for over a century and provides several options for acquiring teaching endorsements and certificates. The main programs include the Elementary Education Certification Program and the Secondary Teacher Education Program which prepare new teachers with a combination of coursework and teaching experience in the classroom. There is also a Kinesiology Program that prepares individuals to teach K-12 physical education and 6-12 health. All teacher education programs are fully accredited by the NCATE.
The US Department of Labor Statistics reported Idaho’s unemployment rate at 9.0% at the start of 2012, slightly higher than the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 1,256 new job opportunities annually in education and library related fields in Idaho through 2018. The National Center for Education Statistics lists 15,148 public school and 1,680 private school teachers working in Idaho in fall 2008 and 2007 respectively. The average beginning teacher’s salary in Idaho is $31,581 and the average overall teacher’s salary is $47,416, the 37th highest in the nation according to the National Education Association. The NEA notes shortages in math, science, special education and music and art teachers throughout the state. Recent proposed reductions in teacher salaries have been contested by the Idaho Education Association, the largest active teachers union in Idaho. Please visit the website or contact education and teaching schools in Idaho for more information.
Idaho Teacher Testing Requirements
Before applying for an Idaho teaching license, it is necessary to successfully pass the applicable Praxis II assessment(s). Most subject/grade areas require two tests. Some of these tests can be taken on a computer at a designated center while some are paper tests. Test centers and testing dates are also accessible from this site. It is also important to note that it is possible to retake Praxis assessments in an effort to improve an undesirable score.
Idaho Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||7,110||$47,770|
|Secondary School Teachers||4,510||$46,030|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Idaho
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Math
- MA in Teaching: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation
- Early Childhood Education (Certification Only)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE)
- And more...
- B.S. in Education / Elementary Education
- A.A. in Elementary Education
- M.A. in Education/Elementary Teacher Education
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- And more...
- Doctor of Management - Graduate Level Instructional Practices
- Doctor of Management - Private Sector Higher Education Leadership
- Teacher Aide
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Idaho
Boise State University
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
Brigham Young University-Idaho
525 S Center
Rexburg, ID 83460
College of Southern Idaho
315 Falls Ave.
Twin Falls, ID 83301-1238
Idaho State University
921 S 7th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
Northwest Nazarene University
623 Holly St
Nampa, ID 83686-5897
The College of Idaho
2112 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, ID 83605-4432
The School of Hairstyling
141 East Chubbuck Road
Chubbuck, ID 83202
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282
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