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The American Board, also know as The American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in Idaho. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.


To use a certificate from the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence in the state of Idaho, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the ABCTE program

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

3. Apply to the Idaho Department of Education for state-issued interim teaching licensure (valid for 3 years)

4. While teaching, complete two years of a mentorship program. These programs are offered at no cost by most Idaho school districts. More information on mentorships here.

*Some candidates may be required to complete the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course/Assessment (ICLC/ICLA) and/or the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI). For additional information on these requirements, please visit the Idaho Teacher Certification website http://sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/index.html.

5. Within 3 years of teaching, apply to the Idaho State Department of Education to upgrade your initial teaching certificate into a state-issued Idaho teaching certificate (renewable every 5-years).


Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

Biology (6-12)*
Chemistry (6-12)*
Elementary Education (K-8)****
English Language Arts (6-12)
Natural Science (6-12)*
History (6-12)**
Mathematics (6-12)
Physics (6-12)*
Reading Endorsement (K-12)*****
Special Education (K-12)***

*Candidates who are seeking a Natural Science endorsement in Idaho must choose biology, physics, or chemistry on their ABCTE application and pass that selected ABCTE single-subject science assessment in addition to ABCTE general science assessment and PTK assessment. Candidates are advised to take the ABCTE single-subject science exam and the PTK before taking the ABCTE general science assessment in order to obtain a natural science endorsement. Idaho candidates will not be able to teach on a natural science endorsement alone; the endorsement must accompany a single-subject science certificate.

**In order to obtain a History endorsement in Idaho, candidates must complete both the U.S. History and the World History assessments in addition to passing the PTK assessment.

***In order to be a special education teacher in Idaho, a candidate must obtain an Exceptional Child certificate with a Generalist K-12 endorsement. To obtain this certificate and endorsement through ABCTE a candidate must complete the PTK assessment, the elementary multiple subjects assessment and the special education assessment.

****For candidates looking to become certified in Elementary Education, please note that your certification will cover grades K-8.  If you are seeking to teach at the middle school level, you will be required to take the Middle School Praxis Exam for a specific content area.

*****Reading Endorsement is an add-on only, meaning you cannot certify in reading alone. See the Reading Endorsement page above for me information.

Select the subject area of your choice above to Enroll Now!


Call 877-669-2228 or email us at Contact@americanboard.org to speak with our team about starting a new career as a teacher in Idaho.

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Please note: while we do our best to stay current with state requirements, we are not responsible for any changes to state, district, and school regulations.


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