Alternative Teacher Certification Programs in Idaho
The state of Idaho is facing a teacher shortage in nearly all subject areas, including English, English as a second language, mathematics, all sciences, physical education, exceptional child education, the fine arts and social studies. According to Andrew Campanella, the Senior Director of Teacher Recruitment for the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), Idaho hires approximately 2,500 new teachers each year. Approximately 16,000 teachers are currently employed in Idaho public schools, and over one thousand of them have entered the profession through alternate routes.
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ABCTE offers a computer-based program designed to help individuals with a bachelor's degree enter the teaching profession. An independent study conducted confirmed the effectiveness of ABCTE-trained teachers: 95 percent of principals surveyed said that ABCTE teachers were as effective or more effective than other teachers, and 67 percent stated that classroom performance was above average. After completing the ABCTE process, a candidate may apply for an Idaho certificate from the Department of Education. The applicant then has three years to meet the requirements to qualify for a standard Idaho teaching certificate:
- Complete the state mentoring program for ABCTE candidates.
- Meet the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy requirement.
- Pass a Criminal History Check (CHC).
If ABCTE is not for you, another alternative route is the assessment-based teacher certification program. This program requires at least three assessments that demonstrate competency within the content area sought by the applicant. Additionally, the three assessments must include a rubric-driven portfolio that verifies the candidate's knowledge of the Idaho teaching standards, as well as completion of a student-teaching program and a passing score on the Praxis test.
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