How to Become a History Teacher in Idaho

Jan 02, 2019

The state of Idaho certifies teachers of every grade level to teach history in different capacities. Teachers will either instruct students in the social sciences, which include history as one component, or in history alone.

Idaho Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Idaho (2016)* $47,140 (Elementary School)
$52,390 (Middle School)
$46,730 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Social Science Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects OR Praxis World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree

The first step toward social science teacher certification in the state of Idaho is to graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program with a degree in social science education. There are ten guidelines for course content set forth by the state that all social science teaching programs must follow, including learner development, learning differences, learning environments, and application of content. These guidelines inform programs, but every program will differ slightly based on the focus and the classes offered. Some programs will likely include:

  • US History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Political Science

It is important that students choose a program that prepares them for the grade level they hope to teach (K-8 or secondary school). Students will also complete student teaching toward the end of the program in order to gain first-hand experience in the classroom.

Step 2: Pass All Required Tests

The next step for prospective teachers is to pass all relevant Praxis exams. If a teacher hopes to instruct K-8, he or she will take the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test. This test is made up of four subtests: reading and language arts (minimum score of 157 is required), mathematics (minimum score of 157 is required), social studies (minimum score of 155 is required), and science (minimum score of 159 is required). Middle and secondary school teachers will take the World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge exam, which requires a minimum score of 141.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Finally, students are ready to begin applying for teacher certification in Idaho. Students should be sure that all transcripts and Praxis scores are finalized prior to beginning the application, as both will need to be submitted up front. Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted. Students will complete a form called B1, which is available on the Department of Education's website, and they will submit a $75 application fee along with the application. A fingerprint card is also required, in addition to a $32 processing fee. Finally, the student's university will need to complete the Idaho Education Credential form. Once all of these materials are submitted, students will be eligible for their Initial Certificate.

Study Resources for Future Idaho Teachers

Prospective teachers can start studying for the Praxis exam now! There are plenty of online resources available, including the study guides below.

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