Idaho offers elementary education certification to prospective teachers who want to work with students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. If you are passionate about working with children in a variety of subjects, take a look at the requirements for becoming a certified teacher in the state.
Salaries and Educational Requirements for Teachers in Idaho
|Average Salary for Teachers in Idaho (2016)*||$47,140 (Elementary)|
|Degree Field||Elementary Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Elementary Education, Praxis Middle School or K-12 subject exam|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree
A bachelor's degree is required in order to become a certified elementary teacher in Idaho. All applicants must complete an approved elementary education teacher preparation program. Idaho's Department of Education keeps an updated list of accepted programs, so students can make sure to choose one that fits their specific needs. Students are required to complete general education classes in addition to major-specific classes. Programs may also offer specializations so that graduates can pursue an endorsement in a particular subject. They will also participate in a student teaching internship prior to graduation.
The curriculum in each elementary education program may vary slightly, but it will likely include courses in child development, educational psychology, and instructional methods for elementary math, language arts, science, and social studies. All classes should fall in line with the Department of Education's Standards for Initial Certification of Core Teachers:
- Learner Development
- Learning Differences
- Learning Environments
- Content Knowledge
- Application of Content
- Communication Skills
- Assessment of Student Learning
- Planning for Instruction
- Instructional Strategies
- Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
- Leadership and Collaboration
Step 2: Complete All Required Testing
Prospective Elementary Education teachers in Idaho will take the Praxis K-8 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test, made up of four subtests: reading and language arts (a score of at least 157 required), social studies (a score of at least 155 required), mathematics (a score of at least 157 required), and science (a score of at least 159 required). The exam costs $170 as of March 2018.
Students will also need to pick a subject test to take out of the following options: Middle School English Language Arts (needs a score of 164 or higher), Middle School Mathematics (needs a score of 165 or higher), Middle School Science (needs a score of 150 or higher), or Middle School Social Studies (needs a score of 149 or higher). As of March 2018, these exams cost $120 to $146 each. As an alternative to taking the middle school subject tests, prospective teachers can take a Praxis K-12 subject area exam in a field like physical education, music, or literacy.
Step 3: Get Certified to Teach
Once a student has completed all the education requirements and Praxis testing, they need to fill out an application for an Initial Certificate through Idaho's Department of Education. Students must fill out Form B1 (which can be found on the Department of Education's website) and provide the $75 application fee. Applicants will need to submit a completed fingerprint card with a $32 fee. Be sure to submit all official transcripts and official Praxis score sheets at this time - faxes and copies are not accepted. Transcripts should be accompanied by an Idaho Education Credential Form, completed by the College of Education at the student's university. Once all of these materials have been sent in and approved, Initial Certificates will be awarded and will remain valid for 5 years.
Certification Resources for Future Teachers
Students interested in pursuing teacher certification in Idaho can read more detailed guides and prepare for future exams by looking into the following resources: