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Idaho Teacher Certification Out-of-State

The idea of applying for teacher credentials in another state can seem daunting. Fortunately, Idaho has set up a simple reciprocity process that should make any move easier.

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You can become a teacher in Idaho if you have an out-of-state certification or if you've completed an approved teacher training program in another state. To apply for certification, there are six items that must be included in your application packet. Below, we'll discuss each of the six items in detail.

Requirements for Out-of-State Teachers in Idaho

Average Salary for Teachers Idaho (2017)* $24,540 (Preschool)
$47,260 (Kindergarten)
$47,630 (Elementary School)
$53,060 (Middle School)
$48,540 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Subject area in which you will teach
Testing Requirements Praxis II exam(s)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Items 1 & 2: Application & Fee

The application for out-of-state teacher reciprocity is Form B1. This application first asks which license you are seeking. You'll choose the first one: Interim out-of-state. You'll then fill in all information on this application, including personal information and education background. Also, there is a set of four questions that ask about your legal and employment history. If you answer ''yes'' to any of these, you will need to provide more information. To apply, there is a $75 fee that must be paid by check or money order.

Item 3: Background Check

You will also need to get a fingerprint card from the Idaho State Department of Education and fill out a form agreeing to have a background check completed. There will be a $27 processing fee for the background check.

Item 4: Copy of Certificate or Institutional Recommendation Form

If you have a teaching certificate from another state that is still current, you'll need to submit a copy of it. Some states do not provide hard copies of certificates. If this is the case, you can go to the certification website for your state and print up a copy of your certificate. Otherwise, you will need to make a copy of your certificate with everything visible, including validity dates.

If you do not have a current certificate, but your teacher education program was accredited by certain agencies and you completed it within the past two years, you can submit an institutional recommendation form instead. Accepted accreditation agencies include the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Item 5: Official Transcripts

School transcripts must be official, meaning that copies or faxed copies of transcripts are not accepted. Transcripts must be on a college's or university's security paper. The transcript can be opened (meaning it does not need to be a sealed transcript), though it must be original. If you are having an electronic transcript sent from your college, simply make note of it in the application and have the transcripts sent over after the application has been submitted.

Item 5: Praxis Scores

After the application has been submitted, you may receive the 3-year temporary certificate while you complete any other Idaho requirements, such as passing the Praxis II exams. If you hold a master's degree in your teaching area, hold a certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or have passed state-specific certification exams in your state, you may be able to skip these.

If you've taken other state-specific exams, send in a copy of the test scores to have them reviewed. If they are not approved, you will need to complete the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects exam or a content knowledge exam. The former includes four subtests on science, social studies, math, and language arts.

Certification Resources for Out-of-State Teachers in Idaho

If you need to study for the Praxis II exams to become an Idaho teacher, the following source can help you prepare.

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