The United States Department of Education defines a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) as a subject matter or grade level within a state in which there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary teachers. The shortage may be caused by teaching positions that are unfilled or are filled by teachers who have temporary certification or teach in in academic subject other than their area of preparation. According to a report by the USDE Office of Postsecondary Education, Idaho has the following Teacher Shortage Areas:
American Sign Language
Agricultural Science and Technology
American Government/Political Science
Business Technology Education
Emergency Medical Technician
Family Consumer Science
Natural Science/General Science
English as a New Language (ENL)
Marketing Technology Education
Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Idaho
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To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Idaho, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Step Four: Submit a Idaho teaching credential application.
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Earn Your Idaho Teaching Credential
To earn your Idaho teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Visit the Idaho Department of Education Certification page to learn more about getting your Teaching Credential in Idaho. Learn more about getting your teaching credential.
Step One: Prerequisite Coursework in Idaho
All states require at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach. Additionally, teachers in Idaho must meet the following undergraduate coursework requirements depending on desired level of teaching:
Elementary Education: At least 24 semester credit hours relating to the skills and subject matter of elementary education are required, with at least 6 in developmental reading and 6 in elementary student teaching.
Secondary Education: At least 20 semester hours in instructional technology and the professional subject matter of secondary education are required, including 3 credit hours of reading in the desired content area and 6 credit hours of secondary student teaching. Additionally, two fields of secondary teaching must be prepared, a primary field with 30 credit hours and a secondary with 20 credit hours.
Special Education: At least 30 semester hours in special education.
Step Two: Idaho Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. All Idaho educator programs must be approved by the State Board of Education and must meet with the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards. More information can be found on the Idaho Board of Education Educator Preparation page.
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Alternative Teacher Certification in Idaho
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities who did not major in Education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Individuals following this route must take at least 9 semester credit hours annually to maintain Alternative Authorization status.
The state of Idaho officially recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) certificationas a route to your Idaho teaching credential. Either of these routes requires a year of state-approved mentoring.
There is also an alternative route available for content specialists – experts in a specific subject – to teach in districts that have a shortage of teachers in that area. The candidate must complete 8-16 weeks of study in education pedagogy before beginning to teach; the person must attend an “individualized alternative route preparation program” at a college or university and must undergo mentoring and at least one classroom observation per month during training.
Furthermore, a computer-based alternative certification plan is available through ABCTE. All candidates following alternate routes for certification are issued a three-year Interim Certificate and must complete a state-approved reading instruction course. Veterans may also be eligible for the Lewis & Clark Region Troops to Teachers program.
It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you may be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. According to a report by the Idaho Board of Education, teachers in Idaho generally earn $2,000 more with a Master’s degree.
Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Idaho, visit the Teach.com reciprocity page. Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Idaho Department of Education.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average teacher in Idaho makes $49,734 per year. Idaho uses a salary schedule that rewards teachers for years of service to the state as well as higher levels of education. However, there is no differential pay offered for teaching in high-need districts or subjects.
Idaho public school teachers age 65 or older with more than 60 months of creditable teaching service are eligible for full retirement benefits courtesy of the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho(PERSI). Benefits are calculated using highest average monthly salary and months of creditable service.
Idaho public schools follow the Danielson Framework for Teachingas a statewide research-based foundation for teacher evaluation. The framework has four key areas: planning and preparation, learning environment, instruction and use of assessment, and professional responsibilities, each of which involve different professional development programs and initiatives. Teachers must complete 6 professional development credits during each licensing period.