Idaho State Department of Education

Overview of Idaho Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Certification

For initial certification in Idaho, all candidates must:

  • Earn an appropriate bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
  • Complete the minimum requirements in a state-approved educator preparation program or an Idaho state-approved alternative educator certification program.
  • Complete a criminal history check pursuant to Idaho Code §33-130.
  • Pass The Praxis Series® tests for their certification areas, hold National Board for Professional Standards Teaching Certification or verify Highly Qualified status, as defined by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, in their certification area by other approved means (e.g., test, degree, High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE), etc.). National Board certification or a degree cannot be used to demonstrate highly qualified status in the area of elementary education.

For more information, visit the Idaho State Department of Education online.

Important Information

  • If you test in Idaho, your score report will be sent automatically to the Idaho State Department of Education. If you test outside of Idaho, select the Idaho State Department of Education (state code 8636) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
  • Idaho requires a Social Security number (SSN) in order to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Idaho with your test results. Failure to provide your SSN could delay processing of your certification application.
  • Beginning with the 2014–15 testing year, ETS will discontinue paper-delivered testing. However, tests will be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
  • ETS is offering five additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced in October. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you.

    • Economics (5911) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0911
    • Geography (5921) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0921
    • Government/Political Science (5931) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0931
    • Marketing Education (5561) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0561
    • Theatre (5641) — previously available as paper-delivered test code 0641

Who Must Take the Tests?

Teacher candidates or those wishing to become certified must take The Praxis Series tests or verify Highly Qualified status by another approved means.

Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests to demonstrate your qualifications.

In Idaho, you must also take the appropriate Praxis II® tests for each area of certification you seek.

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