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Interested in teaching in the state of Idaho? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream.


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.

The American Board is also extremely cost-efficient. Compare the cost of our program (less than $3000 in most cases) to the cost of taking 25-30 credit hours at a state university and it’s no competition.

Plus, we let candidates complete our program at their own pace. On average, our candidates take 7-10 months to complete the program.


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).


The Idaho State Board of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure in 2003. Since then, the American Board has issued over 1,000 teacher certifications in the state of Idaho, including Chuck Foster, a Boise-area special education teacher who was featured in The New York Times. The Idaho State Department of Education fully recognizes the American Board’s certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state. Learn more about our partner districts here.

We offer certifications in a variety of subjects. 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 or Enroll Now!

Call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative of the American Board for answers to any questions you may have.

To learn more about the American Board program, attend a free information session in your area. See the list of upcoming events here.

No event in your area? Check out our pre-recorded Information Session by clicking here.

You can also email us at contact@abcte.org.

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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