Where Can I Get My Idaho Teaching Certification?

Find out which Idaho schools offer teaching certification programs. See requirements, prerequisites, and school information, and learn about the job prospects for a teaching career in Idaho. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Students in Idaho interested in completing a formal education program in order to be certified as a teacher may elect to earn a bachelor's or master's degree or a graduate certificate in the field. Teachers in Idaho must hold certification in order to work in most schools; those who earn a bachelor's degree outside of the field of education may still teach, must complete a graduate certificate or master's degree to qualify for certification. Such graduate-level programs may be earned in one to two years, depending on the program and courseload. Most degrees and certificates in education are offered by four-year, public schools, although at least one bachelor's degree program is offered by a private institution in Idaho.


Bachelor's Degree Programs for Idaho Teaching Certification

Boise State University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Program Length: 120-122 credit hours
  • Tuition: $2,942 per semester for residents, $5,720 for non-residents (full-time, 2012-2013)
  • Admission Requirements: Application letter listing relevant experience, reasons for interest and career goals, resume, professional references, faculty members in support of your application, PRAXIS I test, interview
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 20,000 students (about 17,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725
  • Phone: (208) 426-2756

Boise State offers a bachelor's degree in elementary education through the College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Instructional and Foundational Studies. Your courses will include child psychology, cultural diversity and the foundations of education. You'll learn to teach all the subjects in the elementary curriculum and gain practical experience through student teaching. Boise State also offers a secondary education program that includes kindergarten through grade 12 certification courses in art, music and physical education. If you want to teach at the secondary level (grades six through 12), you'll need to major in one of 14 approved academic subjects and complete the professional education course work as well.

Brigham Young University - Idaho

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education or Elementary Education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition: $1,785 per semester, members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS); $3,570 per semester, non-LDS students (full-time, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Introduction to education and education history/philosophy courses
  • Admission Requirements: Proficiency in technology, math and language, at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in major courses with minimum grade of 'C+' in any one major course
  • School Type: Four-year, private not-for-profit; approximately 18,000 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: Teacher Education, HIN 353, Rexburg, Idaho 83460
  • Phone: (208) 496-4100

The Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University - Idaho offers degrees leading to certification in three areas. If you wish to teach at the secondary school level, you must major in an approved content area and complete professional education courses through the teacher education department. All students seeking teacher certification must take classes in education methods and theory and complete a series of field experiences including student teaching at an Idaho public school.

University of Idaho

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Elementary education, secondary education, occupational education, technology education, physical education, music education, business and marketing, art education, agricultural education
  • Program Length: 128 credit hours
  • Tuition: $6,212 per year, Idaho residents; $19,000 per year, non-residents (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: 'C' or better in English composition, core mathematics course, public speaking, contexts of education
  • Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA or better, letters of recommendation
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 12,000 students (about 10,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: College of Education, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho 83844
  • Phone: (208) 885-6587

The University of Idaho offers education degrees in several majors. You can also earn a special education certification by completing the teacher education program in that field. The education degree programs include teacher certification courses. You can also major in any appropriate subject and complete certification work separately. Your education core courses will include theories of learning and teaching diverse learners. You'll gain teaching experience through an internship in a public school classroom.


Graduate Certification Programs in Idaho

Boise State University

  • Program Name: Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching
  • Program Length: 34-37 credit hours
  • Tuition: $10,060, estimated tuition and fees for entire program (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a 45-semester credit major, or a 30-credit major and a 20-credit minor
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA), 2.75 GPA or higher in major and minor fields, at least a 172 score on PRAXIS I, passing scores on PRAXIS II in major and minor fields, essay, letters of recommendation, proof of technology competency
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 20,000 students (about 17,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725
  • Phone: (208) 426-2756

If you already hold a bachelor's degree in an approved subject, you can earn teacher certification at the secondary level in more than 20 content areas or for kindergarten through grade 12 in music, art or physical education. You'll begin the program in the summer with courses in foundations of education, student development and instruction. In the fall and spring, you'll gain experience in classrooms and study teaching methods. The program ends with 16 weeks of student teaching.

Idaho State University

  • Program Name: Accelerated Certification Program
  • Program Length: One year full-time
  • Tuition: $3,575 per semester, Idaho residents; $9,475 per semester, non-residents (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, technology in education course, communications, math and writing courses, course in developmental differences with 'C' or better along with portfolio and teacher recommendation
  • Admission Requirements: 2.75 or higher GPA, acceptable PRAXIS I or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 12,000 students (10,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8059, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
  • Phone: (208) 282-2783

If you hold a bachelor's degree in an area that matches an Idaho area of certification, you can earn certification to teach at the secondary level in one year. The accelerated certification program includes two intensive summer sessions as well as a regular fall and spring semester. If you have a degree and are seeking certification in an area other than secondary education, you can enroll in any of the regular route certification programs. The teacher education programs, both regular and accelerated, consist of courses in education theory, classroom management and teaching the content area as well as a student teaching experience. Idaho also allows several alternate routes to certification that you can pursue outside of the standard teacher education program.


Master's Degree Program for Idaho Teaching Certification

Idaho State University

  • Program Name: Master of Education in Deaf Education
  • Program Length: 33 credit hours
  • Tuition: $3,575 per semester, Idaho residents; $9,475 per semester, non-residents (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, three letters of recommendation
  • Admission Requirements: Acceptable combination of GPA, GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 12,000 students (10,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8059, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
  • Phone: (208) 282-2783

You don't need an education degree to apply to this program, which will qualify you for an Idaho state certification in deaf education. Through research courses, education classes and hands-on experience, you'll learn to teach deaf school-age children. You must know American Sign Language or complete courses to learn it. Idaho State also offers initial teacher certification degrees at the master's level in music education and special education.


Idaho Requirements for Teaching Certification

The Idaho State Department of Education licenses public school teachers in the state. You must complete an approved teacher education program and pass the appropriate PRAXIS II exams. The state also requires recommendations from your education program and transcripts from all schools you've attended. You'll be fingerprinted for a criminal background check before you can receive you teaching credential.

Job Outlook and Salary Info for Teachers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle school and special education teachers at all grade levels would increase by 17% from 2010-2020, while employment of high school teachers would grow by 7%. According to the BLS, Idaho's kindergarten teachers earned an annual mean wage of about $39,000 in May 2011, and elementary school teachers earned about $48,000. Teachers at the secondary school level made approximately $46,000, while special education teachers at all grade levels earned about $43,000.

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