Teaching Degrees in Idaho

Anyone who plans to earn a teaching degree in Idaho and/or wishes to teach in the Idaho public school system needs to know some important information about:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Idaho teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Idaho.

Teaching Degrees in Idaho

The minimum educational requirement for becoming a teacher in Idaho is a bachelor’s degree. There are five accredited programs offering teaching degrees in the state. The starting salary for teachers in Idaho is $31,581, while the overall average teaching salary is $45,178. Those with master’s degrees account for 29.7 percent of teachers in the state and see salaries that are on average $3,730 higher per year than those of teachers who only have a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Idaho

Options for financial aid for teaching programs in Idaho, including grants and scholarships, are varied. Some of these are:

Boise State University Teaching Scholarships
This website is a portal for all education scholarships at Boise State University. There are two types of scholarships available: departmental scholarships and designated scholarships.

Idaho State University Scholarships
A variety of scholarships are awarded through the College of Education at Idaho State University.

Idaho State Board of Education/Education Incentive Loan Forgiveness Program
The Education Incentive Loan Forgiveness Program encourages graduates of Idaho high schools to pursue teaching or professional nursing careers at an Idaho college or university and to work in Idaho after graduating.

Lower Snake River Retired Educators Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing a career in education at an accredited college or university. The applicant must have graduated from an accredited high school in the Lower Snake River communities of Fruitland, New Plymouth, Payette or Weiser.

University of Idaho Scholarships
University of Idaho’s College of Education provides awards totaling approximately $280,000.

Idaho Teacher Certification

Idaho has varying levels of certification depending on whether the applicant wishes to teach elementary, secondary, or special education. Coursework requirements include:

  • Elementary: 24 credits total in elementary education-related areas, including six in developmental reading and six in elementary student teaching.
  • Secondary: A minimum of 20 credits in instructional technology and secondary education-related areas, plus three reading credits in the area of focus and six credits in secondary student teaching. Finally, two focus areas must be prepared; the primary field requires 30 credits and the secondary requires 20.
  • Special Education: Requires 30 credits in special education areas.

In addition, all teachers seeking certification must:

  • Pass the Praxis II exam
  • Provide a recommendation from their institution
  • Pass a criminal background check

Those with degrees from accredited institutions who do not possess a teaching degree in Idaho may be eligible for an alternate teaching certificate, which must be renewed annually. This path requires continuing education of nine credits per year. In addition, ABCTE is officially recognized as an alternate certification by the state of Idaho. Thirdly, content experts in specific subjects may apply for a teaching certification after completing between eight and 16 weeks of education pedagogy training in addition to an individualized alternative route preparation program and a minimum of a month of classroom observation and mentoring. Finally, those who meet certain requirements may be able to take an online-based alternate certification course. All alternate certification paths are good for three years.

Important Note: A reciprocity license in Idaho through the Interstate Reciprocity program is available to approved applicants with teaching certifications from other states.

The standard teaching license in Idaho is good for five years. Licensing renewal in Idaho requires six credits of continuing education and professional development, which must meet certain state standards and be within the teacher’s area of focus.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Idaho

The following resources provide additional information about becoming a professional teacher in Idaho and maintaining this status.

Idaho Department of Education
The Department of Education provides information regarding the state school system, meetings, goals and standards of education for all residents of the state.

Idaho Department of Labor
The Idaho Department of Labor is a great source of information about job openings and the state labor market.

Idaho Education Association
This site is for the largest professional education employee organization in the state, with over 3.2 million members. It is a great resource for those seeking information about education-related issues.

Idaho Federation of Teachers
This is the website for the Idaho teachers union with links to national, state, and local offices, the American Federation of Teachers, and more.

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