The Idaho Teaching and Certification Resource
Idaho teacher certification is required for those who wish to lead classrooms in the state’s K-12 public education system. The certification requirements and process are overseen by the Idaho State Department of Education. Below, we outline how to become a teacher in Idaho for those interested in learning more about the process.
How to Become a Teacher in Idaho
As with all US states, Idaho teachers are required to hold a bachelor’s degree. In order to be eligible to teach in Idaho, applicants must also complete a teacher preparation program that is accredited by both the regional accrediting agency for its state and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
New teachers who have completed a bachelor’s degree and an educator preparation program at an accredited school will be eligible for the Initial Certificate, which is a renewable certificate valid for five years. Candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree but did not complete a teacher preparation program may be eligible for alternative teacher certification in Idaho.
- 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.
Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Idaho
Projected Job Growth
Growth in Teaching Jobs in ID through 20242
The most important step towards certification is completing a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program that holds regional accreditation as well as accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This step is imperative for anyone wanting to work as a teacher in Idaho teacher because without credentials from an accredited school, Idaho won’t issue a license to teach in the state.
There are six regional accreditation agencies overseen by the US Department of Education. Idaho also requires accreditation for teacher preparation programs from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is recognized as a standard of teaching excellence in the educational field.
See our list of CAEP accredited schools in Idaho.
The Idaho Department of Labor projects 104 average annual job openings due to growth and 148 average annual job openings due to replacements for elementary school teachers, 39 average annual openings due to growth and 56 average annual openings due to replacements for middle school teachers, and 65 average annual job openings due to growth and 99 average annual job openings due to replacements for secondary school teachers through 2024.3 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that exclusive of special education teachers there are 14,170 elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers in Idaho.4 The average annual salary for elementary school teachers in the state is $47,260, for middle school teachers $49,380, and for secondary school teachers $44,550.4 The Idaho Education Association, the largest active teachers union in Idaho, provides more information on teaching careers and news in the state.
Idaho Teacher Education Requirements
All Idaho teachers are required to complete a bachelor’s degree and a teacher preparation program from an institution that holds both regional and CAEP accreditation. For traditional-route educators, the teacher preparation program is typically completed as part of the bachelor’s degree. For more information on alternative routes to Idaho teacher certification, see our guide to alternative teacher certification in Idaho.
Idaho Teacher Testing Requirements
Before applying for a teaching license in Idaho, candidates must pass the state’s Comprehensive Literacy Assessment as well as the state’s Technology Assessment. These assessments are delivered as part of the teacher preparation program completed. Candidates must also pass the applicable Praxis Subject Assessments for the subject(s) to be taught.
Additional Idaho Teacher Certification Requirements
All Idaho public education employees are required to submit a background check before employment consideration. The fingerprint-based background check must be completed on cards provided by the Idaho State Department of Education.
Idaho Teachers Licensing Application Process
Once all requirements for teacher licensing in Idaho have been met, candidates must submit an application supported by the following documents:
- Proof of completed bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program that meets the Idaho State Board of Education standards for accreditation.
- Recommendation for licensure from the teacher preparation program completed (Institutional Recommendation).
- Completed fingerprint card (along with the required fees) for a background check.
- Verification of successful completion of the state’s required educator assessments.
- Complete application and payment of non-refundable application fee.
Applications should be sent to:
Idaho State Department of Education
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
Visit the Idaho State Department of Education for further details on Idaho teacher certification.
Idaho Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Preschool Teachers, Special Education||50||$39,340|
|Elementary School Teachers||7,070||$47,260|
|Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School||890||$45,180|
|Middle School Teachers||2,680||$49,380|
|Middle School Teachers, Special Education||210||$50,910|
|Secondary School Teachers||4,420||$44,550|
|Secondary School Teachers, Special Education||310||$48,980|
|Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education||250||$43,730|
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Idaho
Question: How do I become an elementary teacher in Idaho?
Answer: To be an elementary teacher in Idaho, you must earn an elementary teaching certificate from the state. You must have a bachelor’s degree and 24 credit hours in elementary education courses from an accredited institution. You must also complete a teacher preparation program and pass the state’s exams for educators, as well as a background check.
Teaching and Education Programs
1. Idaho State Department of Education: http://sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm
3. Idaho Department of Labor: https://labor.idaho.gov/publications/2024-Idaho-Projections.pdf
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Idaho: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm