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To become a certified teacher in Montana, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Montana Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are Montana’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:

  • Elementary Education: To add an endorsement to a Montana License, you must complete the equivalent of a teaching major or minor from an NCATE or state approved college or university. The coursework requirements for an additional endorsement on your license are generally either: a. at least 40 semester credits in an extended major; or b. 30 semester credits in an approved major; or c. 20 semester credits in an approved minor. The college must make recommendation to this office for the endorsement to be added to your existing license.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts: To add an endorsement to a Montana License, you must complete the equivalent of a teaching major or minor from an NCATE or state approved college or university. The coursework requirements for an additional endorsement on your license are generally either: a. at least 40 semester credits in an extended major; or b. 30 semester credits in an approved major; or c. 20 semester credits in an approved minor. The college must make recommendation to this office the endorsement to be added to your existing license.
  • Secondary Mathematics: To add an endorsement to a Montana License, you must complete the equivalent of a teaching major or minor from an NCATE or state approved college or university. The coursework requirements for an additional endorsement on your license are generally either: a. at least 40 semester credits in an extended major; or b. 30 semester credits in an approved major; or c. 20 semester credits in an approved minor. The college must make recommendation to this office the endorsement to be added to your existing license.
  • Secondary History/Social Science: To add an endorsement to a Montana License, you must complete the equivalent of a teaching major or minor from an NCATE or state approved college or university. The coursework requirements for an additional endorsement on your license are generally either: a. at least 40 semester credits in an extended major; or b. 30 semester credits in an approved major; or c. 20 semester credits in an approved minor. The college must make recommendation to this office the endorsement to be added to your existing license.
  • Secondary Science: To add an endorsement to a Montana License, you must complete the equivalent of a teaching major or minor from an NCATE or state approved college or university. The coursework requirements for an additional endorsement on your license are generally either: a. at least 40 semester credits in an extended major; or b. 30 semester credits in an approved major; or c. 20 semester credits in an approved minor. The college must make recommendation to this office the endorsement to be added to your existing license.

Montana Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for more information about alternative certification in Montana.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Montana, visit our Montana Teacher Scholarships page.

Montana Required Tests

The Montana Office of Public Instruction does not require teaching candidates to complete any state teacher licensure exams.

Montana Certification Reciprocity

Montana will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Montana Office of Public Instruction to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Montana Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Montana provides loan forgiveness support for teachers teaching in high needs schools and teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Montana has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Montana makes $41,900
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Montana makes $40,290
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Montana makes 115% of the salary of the average worker in Montana
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Montana receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

Montana Office of Public Instruction offers four types of teacher certification, depending on professional background and classroom placement.

Certification

Requirements

Class 2: Standard

● Hold a Bachelor’s degree and complete an accredited/state=approved educator preparation program
● Complete supervised teaching experience as part of an accredited teacher preparation program or complete one year of teaching experience in a state=accredited school district

Class 1: Professional

● Applicants must hold a C2 license or meet the qualifications for a Class 2 license
● Hold a master’s degree in professional education or an endorsable teaching area from an accredited institution
● Submit verification of 3 years successful K-12 teaching experience as a licensed teacher

Class 4: Career & Technical

● Available to applicants with career/technical work experience but without degrees) in education
● Applicants must demonstrate 10,000 hours of work experience within their desired subject area (Degrees and licenses may be substituted for partial work experience)

Class 7: Native American Language & Culture

License granted upon recommendation from the applicant’s tribe

Montana Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Montana.

Contact Information

      Montana Office of Public Instruction

      P.O. Box 202501

      Helena, Montana 59620

      406-444-3150 – Contact

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