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How to Get Teacher Certification in Idaho

With a Bachelor’s degree in hand and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you become a teacher in Idaho. In November 2003, the Idaho State Board of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure. The Idaho State Department of Education fully recognizes the American Board’s certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state.

Why Choose The American board?

The American Board offers a flexible, affordable route to earn your Idaho teaching certificate. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

The 2013 American Board Idaho Teacher of the Year Geoffrey Williams was an engineer before changing careers to become a teacher. Meet other career changers like Williams who chose the American Board, including math teacher Kelly Bow, special education teacher Leah Dow, biology teacher Nick Gastelcutto and English teacher Chuck Foster, and an American Board special education teacher from the Boise area who was featured in The New York Times.

With the American Board, you can earn your Idaho teacher certification in a manner that is both cost-effective and efficient, compared to the estimated 25-30 credit hours required of the other options in Idaho. On average, candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program. We provide a variety of resources to help prepare you for exams including online workshops, practice tests, and support from our advising team.

The American Board is now a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) approved vendor in Idaho. Please check with your local career center to see if you are eligible for reimbursement by the WIA program.

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*The Elementary Education certification requires an additional secondary endorsement. Special Education can be used as the extra endorsement at no extra cost. The Reading Certificate will not satisfy this requirement.

**The General Science certification requires an additional endorsement in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

***In order to be eligible to teach secondary Special Education you will need an additional secondary endorsement in the subject you plan to teach.

****The History certification requires a passing score on both the US History and World History exams.

State Requirements



To use the ABCTE program to obtain a teaching certificate in Idaho, you will:

1. Complete ABCTE’s certification program

    a. Certificate should be used within 3 years
    b. ABCTE Certificate is used in step 2 below

Idaho State Department of Education Requirements

1. Obtain a full-time teaching position in an Idaho school

2. Apply to Idaho Department of Education for Interim Certificate (valid 3 years)

3. Complete two years of mentoring. Mentoring programs are offered at no cost by most Idaho school districts

4. Apply to the Idaho State Department of Education for the Standard Idaho Certificate, 5-year renewable certificate.

* Candidates who are seeking certification in General Science in Idaho must choose biology, physics or chemistry on their application upon enrollment.

**Candidates who earn this certification must successfully complete both the U.S. History and World History exams.

***In order to be eligible to teach secondary Special Education you will need an additional secondary endorsement in the subject you plan to teach.

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