Educator License, Class 5 Alternative (MT)

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Educator License, Class 5 Alternative (MT)

The Class 5 license is for those who did not complete a teacher’s preparation program which included student teaching. Also, if applicants are not a currently licensed out of state teacher and he/she does not have at least 6 semester credits earned from a regionally accredited college within the last 5 this is the license he/she will apply for.

License Valid for 3 years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, 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, Alaska, District of Columbia, Guam, Idaho, Iowa

State Information
State: Montana
Contact Phone: 406-444-3150
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Reciprocity with all states, provided that applicants have completed a teacher program including a student teaching component.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
Completed BA 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:

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

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

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

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

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:

Course needed: 20 credit hours in content language
Accept Scores from Out of State

Must complete a state-approved teacher program including student teaching component within 3 years.

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:
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

Background Check

Renewal: Nonrenewable
Must complete state approved teacher program and apply for Class 2 license within 3 years.

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 your 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.

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 print this route.

Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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