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Certified Employee Information

Each certificated employee is personally responsible for maintaining and renewing his/her teaching certificate and endorsements (Board Policy 440). To remain valid, an educator must renew Idaho teaching credentials every five (5) years. A valid certificate must be on file with the Human Resources Department each year by September 1st.
Curious about your certificate expiration? This link allows you to look up your certification expiration date, endorsement(s), assignment(s) you can teach, and the status of your certification application.
If you are unsure of your renewal requirements or you hold an Interim certificate, please see the bottom of your certificate or call or email the State Department of Education, Teacher Certification at: 
  • State Department of Education - Certification Main Line
  • (208) 332-6882
  • [email protected]
If you have lost your certificate and need a duplicate. Please order a duplicate through the State Department of Education, Duplicate Certificate order process.
If you hold a 5-year certificate and your certificate expires in August 2023, you may go to this link starting January 2023 to renew your certificate. There is an online option for renewal with an additional small credit card processing fee. With the online option, you will need to send a copy of your transcripts (does not need to be official) to [email protected] after you submit your application. I recommend referencing your online application in the email.
Renewal guidance from the State Department of Education:
  • Credits taken for recertification must be educationally related to the individualized professional learning plan (IPLP) or related to the professional practice of the applicant:
    • Credits must be specifically tied to content areas and/or an area of any other endorsement; or
    • Credits must be specific to pedagogical best practices or for administrative/teacher leadership; or
    • Credits must be tied to a specific area of need designated by the district administration
    • Credits must be taken during the validity period of the certificate. The validity period is listed in parenthesis next to the certificate(s) listed on the credential
  • Idaho district/charter school/private school in-service hours may be applied toward up to three (3) credits:
    • Fifteen (15) contact hours are equivalent to one (1) semester credit hour
    • Idaho Approved In-service form must be completed by the proper official at an Idaho district/charter school/private school for the in-service to count toward certificate renewal
    • Idaho district/charter school/private school may approve Continuing Education Units (CEU) using the Idaho Approved In-service form
  • Unofficial or official transcripts
    • Please include transcripts with your packet in order to expedite your application
    • Unofficial transcripts may be used for renewal only
  • Three (3) quarter credit hours are equal to two (2) semester credit hours

Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course/Assessment

The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (ICLC) is offered through university providers at a variety of venues throughout Idaho. The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy requirement can be fulfilled by completing and passing an in-person or online course, or by successful completion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment. Please visit the English Language Arts/Literacy page for additional information on course providers.


Mathematical Thinking for Instruction/Teaching Mathematical Thinking

The Mathematical Thinking for Instruction (MTI)/Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) is a three-credit course that gives Idaho teachers and administrators the best practices and teaching strategies they need to help all students succeed in math. Please visit the Mathematics page.

  • All administrators in Idaho are required to complete a three (3) credit course in the Idaho framework for teachers' evaluation during the five (5) year validity period of the credential being renewed. IMPORTANT: The teachers' evaluation course is only required if you have held the administrator certificate for the full five years of the credential period.
  • Transcripts with the course listed should be included with the packet
  • For more information including a list of approved courses, see the Idaho State Board of Education’s Administrative Certificate Renewal Requirement webpage or call the Office of the State Board of Education's Educator Effectiveness Program Manager at (208) 332-1593.
  • All Pupil Service Staff in Idaho are required to complete six credits for renewal (see PD above) or provide a current occupational license issued by the appropriate Idaho state licensing board

The Professional and Advanced Professional Endorsements are funding mechanisms which allow for the following:

  • movement onto the Professional or Advanced Professional rung of the career ladder
  • the inclusion of education allocations in district/charter funding calculations, provided the appropriate education is also reported
  • recommendation for the issuance of a renewable contract after three (3) years in the district/charter

The Professional and Advanced Professional Endorsements are not like certification endorsements, and they are neither derived from nor included on an individual’s certificate.

Mission:  Nurturing growth, eliminating obstacles, strengthening community.
Vision:  Destination Education
  • Making student centered decisions
  • Acting with Integrity
  • Valuing the diversity within our district
  • Building family and community partnerships
  • Inspiring and preparing scholars to achieve their post-secondary goals
  • Creating a caring, supportive learning environment where all students can grow academically, emotionally, and socially