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Overview of Idaho Testing Requirements

ETS discontinued 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. The computer-based scores are also reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.

How to Qualify for Certification/Endorsement

For initial certification in Idaho, all candidates must:

  • Earn an appropriate bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
  • Complete the minimum requirements in an Idaho state-approved educator preparation program or an Idaho state-approved non-traditional educator preparation program.
  • Complete a background investigation pursuant to Idaho Code §33-130.
  • Pass the Praxis® Subject Assessments for Idaho endorsement area(s).

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

Who Must Take the Tests?

Candidates seeking initial certification and/or endorsement in Idaho must take the Praxis tests.

In Idaho, teacher candidates seeking a Standard Instruction Certificate are required to pass a specific Praxis® Subject Assessment for the appropriate endorsement area(s).

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. This is not an Idaho State Department of Education certification requirement.


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