Certification in Idaho is now faster, cheaper, and easier than ever. Read this complete page to see how we’ve streamlined the process and made it even easier for you to complete the program and earn your Idaho teaching certificate.
You can become a teacher in Idaho on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. American Board, a national nonprofit that offers online teacher certification, has helped thousands of Idaho teachers start their careers. Try our teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your Idaho teaching certificate.
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*Candidates who are seeking a Natural Science endorsement in Idaho must choose biology, physics, or chemistry on their American Board application and pass that selected American Board single-subject science assessment in addition to American Board general science assessment and Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) assessment. Candidates are advised to take the American Board single-subject science exam and the PTK before taking the American Board 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 Generalist K-12 endorsement. To obtain this certificate and endorsement through American Board a candidate must complete the PTK assessment, the elementary multiple subjects assessment and the special education assessment.
****Reading Endorsement is an add-on only, meaning you cannot certify in reading alone. See the Reading Endorsement page for more information.
To earn a teaching certificate in Idaho from the American Board, candidates will need to complete the following steps:*
*NEW IN IDAHO. Some requirements have been eliminated from American Board’s program! Candidates in Idaho are no longer required to participate in American Board’s Clinical Experience. Program completers will receive their performance and disposition training from the hiring district/charter through participation in the State Board of Education approved mentor program listed in bullet 4 above. This change allows American Board graduates to receive their certificate after simply passing the required tests.
* *The All Subjects (K-8) candidates and Exceptional Child Generalist (K-12) will additionally need to complete the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course or Assessment (ICLC/ICLA). The All Subjects (K-8) and Exceptional Child Generalist (K-12) endorsement and those applying for the secondary Mathematics endorsement will also need to complete the Mathematical Thinking for Instruction course or Think Through Math course (MTI/TMT) For additional information on these requirements, please visit the Idaho Teacher Certification website.
NEW IN IDAHO:
American Board’s program is now faster than ever in Idaho!
Candidates in Idaho are no longer required to participate in the American Board’s Clinical Experience. This change allows American Board graduates to earn their American Board Certificate upon passage of the pedagogy and subject area exams—completing the American Board program in as little as a few weeks.
For more information on state teaching requirements, visit the State Department of Education or call them at (208) 332-6882. Our team works closely with the BOE to ensure that our alumni have the resources they need to succeed as Idaho teachers.
The American Board is WIOA funding approved in the States of Idaho with a reciprocal agreement with the State of Missouri. For more information regarding WIOA funding, please contact your nearest Department of Labor office.
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