In 2007, the Idaho State Department of Education formed a joint task force committee to determine the needs and make recommendations regarding a statewide mathematics initiative. Based on the committee's recommendation, the Idaho state legislature and State Board of Education passed rule requiring all K-12 mathematics educators and administrators in Idaho take a three-credit professional development course titled Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI). The current approved alternate for the MTI course is the Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) course.
Idaho Professional Endorsement:
Upon holding a certificate for three (3) years, any instructional staff or pupil services staff may apply for an Idaho professional endorsement. To be eligible, the instructional staff or pupil service staff must:
a. Have held a certificate for at least three (3) years, or have completed a state board of education approved interim certificate of three (3) years or longer;
b. Show they met the professional compensation rung performance criteria for two (2) of the three previous years or the third year;
c. Have a written recommendation from the employing school district; and
d. Have an annual individualized professional learning plan developed in conjunction with the employee's school district supervisor.