The Idaho State Department of Education requires anyone who serves as a school principal or as a superintendent to hold an Administrator Certificate.
Learn more about the graduate school process. Contact schools offering educational administration degree programs in Idaho.
There are no special examination requirements for the Administrator Certificate.
For an Administrator Certificate with a School Principal (K-12) Endorsement:
You must complete an administrative internship during your state-approved college program, or have one year of experience as an administrator in grades K-12.
For an Administrator Certificate with a Superintendent Endorsement (Pre K-12):
You must complete an administrative internship during your state-approved college program, or have one year of out-of-state experience as an assistant superintendent or superintendent in Grades Pre K-12 while holding that state’s administrative certificate.
Use the Application for an Idaho Certificate/Credential form to apply for an Administrator Certificate. You must send official college transcripts, institutional recommendations (if required) and a completed fingerprint card (see below) along with your application fees. Mail everything to: State Department of Education, Teacher Certification, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0027.
If you have not submitted to one before as an employee of Idaho’s educational system, as an applicant for Idaho administrator certification, you must submit to a criminal history background check. Call the State Department of Education at 208-332-6888 or 208-332-6883 and ask for a fingerprint card. You will also be given instructions on how to begin the background check process through the Idaho Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Statewide Sex Offender Register.
Your fingerprint card must be submitted with your application for Idaho administrator certification. You will not receive an administrator certificate until the results of your background check are received by the State Department of Education.
Contact schools in Idaho offering administrator preparation programs for more information on their programs.
For more information on administrator certification in Idaho, contact the Idaho State Department of Education Teacher Certification (208-332-6882), or visit their website.