The natural beauty, stunning landscapes and unlimited access to outdoor activities are all great reasons to teach in Idaho. Recognizing that Idaho faces its own unique set of educational challenges, the state took matters into its own hands by enacting the Students Come First Initiative. The legislation gives more power to the state to make decisions that are best for its communities, families and students. The Initiative focuses on rewarding effective teachers, expanding access to technology and giving families greater access to educational choices. As a result, teacher salaries continue to increase in Idaho at a rate greater than the national average. Innovative teachers can earn bonuses for holding leadership positions, filling high-need positions and being part of an effective school.
With documented shortages in mathematics, Idaho has several alternative certification routes designed to simplify the transition into the teaching profession. The state is at a critical juncture in reforming its system and offers great opportunities for teachers looking to innovate and leave a lasting legacy on a developing educational system.
Math Teacher Certification in Idaho
Math Teaching Qualifications
Idaho requires certified teachers to hold a Bachelor’s degree, meet certain undergraduate course requirements and take the Praxis II: Subject Tests in the appropriate area. Idaho does not have a Basic Skills testing requirement. Idaho requires that elementary teachers have at least 24 semester credit hours of coursework related to elementary teaching. Secondary teachers must have at least 20 semester hours in instructional technology and the relevant subject area. These hours must include student teaching.
Credentials & Exams
Idaho offers two tiers of teaching certificates:
- The first is an Interim Certificate (valid for three years).
- The second is the Standard Idaho Certificate, which is a five year renewable certificate.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
There are several alternative certification routes available in Idaho:
- The first option is for individuals holding bachelor’s degrees in an area other than education. To maintain this Alternative Authorization status, individuals must take at least nine semester credit hours annually and participate in a mentoring program.
- A second option is the ABCTE Authorization. Under this program, an individual must complete the American Board’s certification program, obtain a full-time teaching position in Idaho and then apply for an Interim Certificate from the state of Idaho. Applicants must complete two years of mentoring and then apply for a Standard Certificate from the state.
- A third option is also available for content specialists who want to teach in a district with a shortage of teachers in that subject area. Applicants must complete several weeks of study in education pedagogy prior to teaching, attend a preparation program at a university and participate in a mentoring and classroom observation program.
- A final option is the Lewis & Clark Region Troops to Teachers program, which is available to veterans pursuing a career in teaching.
Financial Aid for ID Math Teachers
- Idaho Robert C. Byrd Scholarship: This scholarship awards up to $1,500 to deserving college freshmen.
- Idaho CapEd Foundation Grants: These grants (up to $750) are awarded on a rolling basis to teachers to help pay for programs, materials or projects.
- Idaho State University Scholarships: The university offers several scholarships of varying amounts to individuals pursuing education degrees.
Math Teaching Degrees in Idaho
Below we've listed all of the Idaho math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Idaho Math Teachers
Idaho State Department of Education
600 West State St.P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Common Core Standards adopted Jan. 2011; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Idaho here.
Teacher Shortages in MathIdaho reported teacher shortages in mathematics, including basic mathematics, in 2014-15.
Expenditure per Student: $8,528
Idaho’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $8,528, or 77% of the national average. (Source: NEA)