The state of Idaho certifies teachers to instruct kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary students in physical education. As of 2017, Idaho was experiencing a shortage of physical education teachers, so interested students can explore the career opportunities in the state.
Idaho Teacher Salary Information and Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Idaho (2016)*||$47,260 (Kindergarten), $47,630 (Elementary), $53,060 (Middle), $48,540 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Physical Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Physical Education Content Exam|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree
In order to become a physical education teacher in the state of Idaho, students must graduate from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. These programs will help prepare students to take on the challenges they may face in the classroom and, combined with student teaching, will enable students to become teachers in the state of Idaho. Students will need to graduate with an education degree in physical education. Every program will be slightly different, but most will include classes like human anatomy, athletic injuries, movement theory, sports psychology, and methods of teaching. Additionally, the state of Idaho mandates that teacher preparation programs prepare students in the following 11 areas:
- Learner development
- Learning differences
- Learning environments
- Content knowledge
- Application of content
- Planning for instruction
- Instructional strategies
- Professional learning and ethical practice
- Leadership and collaboration
Step 2: Pass the Required Test
The state of Idaho uses Praxis exams to evaluate teacher knowledge. All physical education teachers will take the Physical Education: Content Knowledge exam for K-12. This content exam is 120 questions long and taken on the computer. The test is two hours long and covers several areas: 1) content knowledge and student growth and development, 2) management, motivation, and communication, 3) planning, instruction, and student assessment, and 4) collaboration, reflection, and technology. Teachers will need to score at least a 143.
Step 3: Complete the Certification Application
When all educational requirements are finished and Praxis testing has been completed, teachers are ready to begin applying for Initial Certification. First, students will need to have a form called B1 filled out by their university, along with a completed Institutional Recommendation for the Idaho Education Credential Form. Then, teachers will submit a $75 application fee (as of this moment, Idaho does not accept credit cards). A background check and fingerprint card will also need to be completed and submitted along with official transcripts and Praxis score sheets. When all of these materials have been handed in, teachers will be eligible for their Initial certificate, which is valid for five years in Idaho.
Study Resources for Future Idaho Teachers
There are plenty of online resources for students studying for the Praxis exam. Check out the study guides below and find the answers for any test-related questions you might have.