If inspiring children to unlock their potential calls to you, my team at the State Department of Education stands ready to help you on the path to becoming an educator.
Whether you are in high school, college, or considering a career change, there is a pathway to becoming an Idaho Educator that is right for you. To find your path, please explore the resources on this page or visit the Certification and Professional Standards webpage.
Once you earn your educator certificate, I invite you to stay right here in Idaho. You will find a caring, supportive education environment focused on student learning and improving instruction.
I would be remiss if I did not share what I discovered more than 20 years ago: Idaho is a beautiful place to live and raise a family and to be an educator!
Again, please reach out to my team if you need a little help navigating the path to becoming an educator.
Sherri Ybarra, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Educator Preparation Program General Information
Completion of an educator preparation program (college/university or non-traditional program) is required in order to teach in Idaho. There are variety of educator preparation programs, approved in Idaho, which include college and university as well as non-traditional programs. For more information regarding certification, visit our Certification page.
An out-of-state educator preparation program may be used as long as the program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). An individual may choose to complete an out-of-state non-CAEP accredited educator preparation program but would be required to get certification in the state that has approved the program. The individual can then apply to Idaho as an out-of-state applicant.
There are district/charter Alternative Authorization options and non-traditional programs that lead to certification that allow a candidate to be the teacher of record while completing a certification program. For additional information about non-traditional programs, please access the dropdown below. For information regarding the district/charter Alternative Authorization options, visit the Alternative Authorizations page.
The Become a CTE Educator web page will provide information for individuals who would like to obtain a Career and Technical type of certificate to instruct students in various technical and career-related subjects, such as information technology, healthcare, business, culinary arts, diesel technology, and more.
Employment opportunities may be found on the following sites or the individual district/charter school site: