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Idaho Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

The purpose of this program is to provide an alternative for individuals to become certificated teachers in Idaho without following a standard teacher education program. Individuals who are currently employed as para-educators, individuals who are currently certificated to teach but who are in need of emergency certification in another area, and individuals with strong subject matter background but limited experience with educational methodology shall follow the alternate certification requirements provided herein.

Alternative Authorization — Teacher to New Certification/Endorsement Application Packet

The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request a certificate/endorsement when a professional position cannot be filled with someone who has the correct certificate/endorsement.

Alternative Authorization – Pupil Personnel Services Application Packet

The purpose of this alternative authorization is to allow Idaho school districts to request a certificate/endorsement when a position requiring the Pupil Personnel Services certificate cannot be filled with someone who has the correct endorsement/certification. (The exception to this rule is the School Nurse endorsement. The requirements for this endorsement are already defined in State Board rule.)

Alternative Authorization — Content Specialist Application Packet

The purpose of this alternative authorization is to offer an expedited route to certification for individuals who are highly and uniquely qualified in a subject area to teach in a district with an identified need for teachers in that area.

Post-Baccalaureate Route to Certification

The Post-Baccalaureate program is a graduate program which leads to certification.

Word Icon Computer-Based Alternate Route Process

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is a computer-based alternate route designed as an avenue to enter the teaching profession; or to add additional certificates or endorsements to an already existing Idaho teaching credential. The candidate must first hold a bachelor’s degree.

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