Montana Teacher License Renewal Requirements

In order for Montana teachers to keep their certifications in good standing, they must satisfy a strict set of renewal requirements. Find out how to renew your Montana teaching license! Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Montana Teacher Career Overview

Maintaining a Montana teaching license requires dedication and continuing professional development from instructors. Each instructor must pass a series of exams within their specific content area and grade level, providing ongoing evidence of continuing education throughout their careers in order to keep licensure valid. Teaching candidates — regardless of content area or grade level — will also need to provide evidence of completing the course: An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university; completion of the free online course in An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana
Exams Required Praxis I & II in corresponding endorsement areas and grade levels
License Validity Period Provisional license valid for three years; standard license valid for five years
Certification Renewal Process Provisional licenses nonrenewable; must be converted to standard license within three-year validity period; standard licenses renewable every five years
CEU Credits Required for Renewal 60 (40 must be obtained through college credit)
Average Salary (2018) $47,955 (elementary school); $50,003 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth 2016 – 2026 7% (elementary school); 8% (high school)**

Source: *Salary.com **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); job growth projections based on national data

Educational Requirements for Certification

Montana currently has eight classes of teacher certification with varying degrees of educational requirements for each. For the standard teaching license, candidates must earn at least a bachelor's degree in their content area and grade level from a regionally accredited college or university. All teachers must complete an approved educator preparation program and pass the online course, An Introduction to Indian Education in Montana, in order to be considered for standard certification.

Additional Certification Requirements

The state mandates that each candidate's educational experience include a student teaching requirement. Additionally, depending on the content area and grade level, all teachers must pass the corresponding Praxis I and II exams by obtaining at least the minimum passing score in Montana. For those teaching secondary education (or high school), candidates must have a minor with at least 20 semester hours in addition to their education major to qualify for provisional certification.

Certification Renewal Process

Provisional certifications are given to candidates who have not yet completed all of the requirements for standard certification, but who can provide evidence that they will possess these qualifications at the end of the three-year provisional license validity period. These licenses are nonrenewable and must be converted to a standard license by the end of the indicated timeframe. Standard licenses remain valid for five years and must be renewed in order to remain valid. In order to qualify for renewal, teachers must present at least 60 continuing education renewal units, with 40 units earned through college credit.

Expectations for Certification Renewal

In addition to continuing education renewal units, teachers must also demonstrate a commitment to professional development beyond the classroom. Pre-approved professional development activities are required by all Montana teachers on an annual basis in order to keep licenses in good standing. Approved providers of such activities include state agencies; regionally or nationally accredited college and university programs; accredited school districts; professional organizations and government agencies; and independent contractors.

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