Educator License, Class 1 Professional (MT)

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Educator License, Class 1 Professional (MT)

Description
Class 1 licensure requires verification of an master’s degree in an endorsable teaching area, and 3 years of professional teaching experience as an appropriately licensed and endorsed teacher in an accredited K-12 school system
License Valid for 5 Years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Montana
Contact Phone: 406-444-3150
Contact Email: cert@mt.gov
For more information please visit the state website: http://opi.mt.gov/Cert/Index.html

Notes
Teacher programs that grant certification via testing are not considered valid.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program
BA Degree + MA Degree

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

English:
Exam(s): Test is required for admission to preparation program.

Math:
Exam(s): Test is required for admission to preparation program.

Notes
A master’s degree in education or an endorsable teaching area(s) from a
regionally accredited college or university or certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is required.

Basic proficiency in English and Math are considered to have been covered and tested in the teacher program. No additional evidence required.

Educator preparation programs must be accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or the program must be state approved from a regionally accredited college or university.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
3 years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s):

Course needed: 20 Semester Hours in Content Language
Accept Scores from Out of State

Notes:
Course work will be evaluated by the Office of Public Instruction. Irish is also available as a licensed content area.

Montana will evaluate coursework and experience on application.

Native American languages: Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Cree, Crow, Dakota, Gros Ventre, Kootenia, Little Shell, Salish, Sioux

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/cert/Class1_2_3Application.pdf
Form Mailing Address:
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn: Educator Licensure
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Accepted with Transcript Evaluation

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/cert/EvalForeignTranscript.pdf

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Renewable

Notes:
Fingerprint fee: $27.25.
1. Request a fingerprint card from your local law enforcement office or other agency offering fingerprinting services.

2. With a pen, complete the highlighted sections which apply to you.

3. Complete the fingerprinting by the method available from law enforcement office

4. Mail the completed fingerprint card to:
Montana Department of Justice
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1403

Include a check for $27.25, payable to the DOJ.
DO NOT FOLD THE COMPLETED FINGERPRINT CARD.

Transcript Evaluation is required for foreign degree. Montana works most closely with:
AACRAO International Education Services
World Education Services, Inc (WES)
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc

Montana may accept evaluations from other agencies, granted all documents are provided.

You may download and print this route.

Published On: 3/31/2017 4:50:19 PM


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