ID Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Idaho Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.



Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended (Birth - Grade 3)

All Subjects (K-8)

Exceptional Child Generalist (K-12)

Mathematics - Basic (6-12)

Mathematics (6-12)

Social Studies (6-12)

Biological Science (6-12)

Chemistry (6-12)

Earth and Space Science (6-12)

Physics (6-12)

English (6-12)

English as a Second Language (ESL) (K-12)

Administrator Certificate with School Principal Endorsement

Idaho has the following requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:


1. AGE REQUIREMENT: Have attained the age of eighteen (18) years.

2. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Earned a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

3. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program.


4. BE FREE FROM CONTAGIOUS DISEASE: See Title 33, Chapter 12 in the Idaho Statute

5. RECOMMENDATION: Recommendation for certification by the preparing college or university.

6. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.

7. PRAXIS EXAMS: Passing all of the required Praxis content exams. WGU graduates do not need to pass a Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT/pedagogy) exam for Idaho certification, even though this exam is published on the Praxis and Idaho Department of Education websites. Idaho does not require PLT exams from WGU graduates due to NASDTEC provisions.

8. COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY COURSE: Idaho requires that applicants for Elementary (K-8) or Special Education (K-12) certification take a Comprehensive Literacy Course or exam through an Idaho institution for standard licensure. Candidates who have not completed this course will receive a three-year, non-renewable interim certificate to allow time to meet the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course requirement.

9. MATHEMATICAL THINKING FOR INSTRUCTION (MTI) COURSE All Idaho teachers working on interim certificates with an All Subjects K-8 endorsement or any mathematics endorsement must complete a state approved Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI) course as a one-time requirement to receive a standard teaching certificate. Click here for registration information. Candidates who have not completed this course will receive a three-year, non-renewable interim certificate to allow time to meet the requirement

For further details on Idaho teacher certification requirements, please see Idaho's certification process for individuals have completed a teacher preparation program approved by NCATE or CAEP.






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