Where Can I Get My Idaho Teaching Certification?

Find out which Idaho schools offer teaching certification programs. See requirements, prerequisites, school information and admission requirements for a teaching degree in Idaho. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

A traditional pathway to a teaching degree is through a bachelor's degree program in education which can be found at four schools in Idaho. There are also two postgraduate certificate programs and one master's degree program as non-traditional pathways for someone with a bachelor's degree in another field.

What You Need to Know

Students in Idaho interested in completing a formal education program in order to be certified as a teacher may elect to earn a bachelor's or master's degree or a graduate certificate in the field. Teachers in Idaho must hold certification in order to work in most schools; those who earn a bachelor's degree outside of the field of education may still teach, must complete a graduate certificate or master's degree to qualify for certification. Such graduate-level programs may be earned in one to two years, depending on the program and courseload. Most degrees and certificates in education are offered by four-year, public schools, although at least one bachelor's degree program is offered by a private institution in Idaho.

Bachelor's Degree Programs for Idaho Teaching Certification

Boise State University

Boise State offers a bachelor's degree in elementary education through the College of Education's Department of Curriculum, Instructional and Foundational Studies. Your courses will include child psychology, cultural diversity and the foundations of education. You'll learn to teach all the subjects in the elementary curriculum and gain practical experience through student teaching. Boise State also offers a secondary education program that includes kindergarten through grade 12 certification courses in art, music and physical education. If you want to teach at the secondary level (grades six through 12), you'll need to major in one of 14 approved academic subjects and complete the professional education course work as well.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Program Length: 120-122 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,876 per year for residents, $20,926 for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Application letter listing relevant experience, reasons for interest and career goals, resume, professional references, faculty members in support of your application, PRAXIS I test, interview
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 22,200 students (about 19,300 undergraduate)

Brigham Young University - Idaho

The Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University - Idaho offers degrees leading to certification in three areas. If you wish to teach at the secondary school level, you must major in an approved content area and complete professional education courses through the teacher education department. All students seeking teacher certification must take classes in education methods and theory and complete a series of field experiences including student teaching at an Idaho public school.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education or Elementary Education
  • Program Length: Four years full time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,830 (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Introduction to education and education history/philosophy courses
  • Admission Requirements: Proficiency in technology, math and language, at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in major courses with minimum grade of 'C+' in any one major course
  • School Type: Four-year, private not-for-profit; approximately 36,600 students (all undergraduate)

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho offers education degrees in several majors. You can also earn a special education certification by completing the teacher education program in that field. The education degree programs include teacher certification courses. You can also major in any appropriate subject and complete certification work separately. Your education core courses will include theories of learning and teaching diverse learners. You'll gain teaching experience through an internship in a public school classroom.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Elementary education, secondary education, occupational education, technology education, physical education, music education, business and marketing, art education, agricultural education
  • Program Length: 128 credit hours
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,020 per year for residents, $21,024 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 'C' or better in English composition, core mathematics course, public speaking, contexts of education
  • Admission Requirements: 2.75 GPA or better, letters of recommendation
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 11,700 students (about 9,300 undergraduate)

Graduate Certification Programs in Idaho

Boise State University

If you already hold a bachelor's degree in an approved subject, you can earn teacher certification at the secondary level in more than 20 content areas or for kindergarten through grade 12 in music, art or physical education. You'll begin the program in the summer with courses in foundations of education, student development and instruction. In the fall and spring, you'll gain experience in classrooms and study teaching methods. The program ends with 16 weeks of student teaching.

  • Program Name: Graduate Certificate in Secondary/K-12 Teaching
  • Program Length: 34-37 credit hours
  • Tuition: $6,058 per year for residents, $20,108 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a 45-semester credit major, or a 30-credit major and a 20-credit minor
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA), 2.75 GPA or higher in major and minor fields, at least a 172 score on PRAXIS I, passing scores on PRAXIS II in major and minor fields, essay, letters of recommendation, proof of technology competency
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 22,200 students (about 19,300 undergraduate)

Idaho State University

If you hold a bachelor's degree in an area that matches an Idaho area of certification, you can earn certification to teach at the secondary level in one year. The accelerated certification program includes two intensive summer sessions as well as a regular fall and spring semester. If you have a degree and are seeking certification in an area other than secondary education, you can enroll in any of the regular route certification programs. The teacher education programs, both regular and accelerated, consist of courses in education theory, classroom management and teaching the content area as well as a student teaching experience. Idaho also allows several alternate routes to certification that you can pursue outside of the standard teacher education program.

  • Program Name: Accelerated Certification Program
  • Program Length: One year full-time
  • Tuition: $5,106 per year for residents, $18,504 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, technology in education course, communications, math and writing courses, course in developmental differences with 'C' or better along with portfolio and teacher recommendation
  • Admission Requirements: 2.75 or higher GPA, acceptable PRAXIS I or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 13,400 students (11,500 undergraduate)

Master's Degree Program for Idaho Teaching Certification

Idaho State University

You don't need an education degree to apply to this program, which will qualify you for an Idaho state certification in deaf education. Through research courses, education classes and hands-on experience, you'll learn to teach deaf school-age children. You must know American Sign Language or complete courses to learn it. Idaho State also offers initial teacher certification degrees at the master's level in music education and special education.

  • Program Name: Master of Education in Deaf Education
  • Program Length: 33 credit hours
  • Tuition: $5,106 per year for residents, $18,504 per year for non-residents (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, three letters of recommendation
  • Admission Requirements: Acceptable combination of GPA, GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • School Type: Four-year, public; approximately 13,400 students (11,500 undergraduate)

As a prospective teacher in Idaho, you have several undergraduate and graduate options, including bachelor's and master's degrees and graduate certificates.

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