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FAQ

Q: For whom is this program designed to serve?

A: We work with three main types of candidates:  Those who are hired as the teacher of record in a K-12 school but do not hold teacher certification; those who hold certification but need to add a new certificate or endorsement, and; those who desire to become teachers AND have regular access to a classroom setting.

Q: What are the requirements for admission to the program?

A: Candidates must demonstrate proof of content competency through one of the state-approved content area assessments:

  • Praxis II in the subject-specific content area of endorsement.
  • Baccalaureate degree in the specific content area of endorsement.
  • Qualifying score on Uniform Standard for Evaluating Content Competency Rubric.
  • If not serving as a teacher of record, candidates without a baccalaureate degree will utilize the
    Grow Your Own option while simultaneously working toward their degree.

 

Candidates must also have regular access to the classroom setting in order to put theory and knowledge gained through modules into immediate practice.  For the purposes of applying to this program, it is considered "Non-Degree Seeking." Apply for admission to CSI.

 

Q: What are the requirements to get an Interim Teaching Certificate?

A: Candidates must have a job offer from and Idaho K-12 school and submit the following to the Idaho State Department of Education:

  • A letter on CSI’s official letterhead and signed by the program director/administrator, or designee, indicating the institution has
    • Verified the candidate has a baccalaureate degree.
    • Verified the candidate has demonstrated content competency through one of the approved content area assessments:
    • Praxis II in the subject-specific content area of endorsement
    • Baccalaureate degree in the specific content area of endorsement
    • Qualifying score on Uniform Standard for Evaluating Content Competency Rubric
  • Verified employment with an Idaho district/charter.
  • In addition to the letter, the candidate will need to include official transcripts and proof of passage of one of the identified approved content area assessments with the application for the three-year interim.

 

Q: How much is the program and is there financial aid available?

A: The program is made up of five modules at a fee of $1,000 per module. A large portion of the module fee is used to hire specially trained mentors to support each candidate in their practice. Traditional financial aid is not available for this program, however, CSI does offer a payment plan option.  Please check with the Financial Aid office to learn more about their Tuition Loan Agreement plan.

Additionally, many districts in need of great teachers are willing to use their Title II funds to supplement the program tuition for their candidates.

Q: Which grade levels and/or content areas will this program prepare me to teach?

A: Our program is not grade level nor content-specific. Our hands-on, competency-based modules cover best practices in pedagogy; the method and practice of teaching. As long as you have proof of content competency in the area in which you will be teaching, and have the support of your district, we can prepare you for full Idaho Teacher Certification. Please review Idaho's Praxis test requirements.

Q: Do I have to live in Region 4 to be in the program?

A: No. CSI's primary educational mission is to serve the needs of Region 4, however, we are authorized to serve other regions as long as there is a need and the district or school is supportive.

Q: What are all of the requirements to become fully certified in Idaho?

A: The Idaho State Department of Education will issue a standard five-year teaching certificate once a candidate has fulfilled the following requirements through our program: 

  • State Board approved mentor program participation
  • Module completion
  • Common summative assessment
  • ICLC/ICLA, if applicable
  • MTI/TMT, if applicable