How to Become a Teacher in Idaho: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Idaho. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For information on teaching salaries in Idaho, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Idaho Teacher Certification

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college.
  2. Complete a teacher prep course, student teaching or other type of internship. In order to receive an Idaho Teacher Certification, you need to have some teaching experience, even unpaid.
  3. Pass the:
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • $75 check/money order payable to State Department of Education
    • Finger print card $40 fee
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      State Department of Education
      Teacher Certification
      P.O. Box 83720
      Boise, Idaho 83720-0027
      Call a representative for more information (808) 586-2616
  5. Renewing your Idaho Teacher Cert?


  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Certification, Idaho State Department of Education, http://www.sde.idaho.gov/cert-psc/cert/

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