Class 1 Professional Teaching License

Requirements for Montana Class 1 Educator Licensure

There are three pathways to meeting Montana's requirements for Class 1 licensure

(per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.410 and 10.57.411). One of the following must be met:

  • Completion of an educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, MACTE or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university AND completion of student teaching or a supervised teaching experience through an educator preparation program. OR
  • Completion of a National Board Certification program. OR
  • Completion of a non-traditional teaching program with five (5) successful years of teaching experience, along with a current, standard, unrestricted out-of-state educator license.  
                                                               Additionally, each of the following must be met prior to licensure:
  1. Completion and verification of a master's degree in education or an endorsable area, OR, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards AND
  2. Verification of the Montana required Praxis test score(s) meeting Montana standards for your endorsement area(s). Click here for PRAXIS information AND
  3. Completion and verification of the free, online course: An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana
    AND
  4. Verification of successful teaching experience while appropriately licensed and assigned:
    • 3 years for applicants who completed a traditional educator preparation program
    • 5 years for applicants who completed a non-traditional educator preparation program

Additional Note

If you meet all requirements but have:

  • An unrestricted, expired out-of-state teaching license
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, within the past 5 years

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 1 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as an educator while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to three years from date of validation.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Verification of required Praxis test scores submitted electronically to cert@mt.gov or the original mailed.
  5. Original completion certificate for "An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana".
  6. Copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license electronically to cert@mt.gov or mailed, if applicable.

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 1 Professional Educator License Paper Application If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

 

Class 2 Standard Teaching License

Requirements for Montana Class 2 Educator Licensure


There are three pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 2 licensure (per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.410). One of the following must be met:

  1. Completion of an educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, MACTE or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university AND completion of student teaching or a supervised teaching experience through an educator preparation program. OR
  2. Completion of a National Board Certification program. OR  
  3. Completion of a non-traditional teaching program with five (5) successful years of teaching experience, along with a current, standard, unrestricted out-of-state educator license.

Additionally, each of the following must be met prior to licensure:

  1. Verification of the Montana required Praxis test score(s) meeting Montana standards for your endorsement area(s). Click here for PRAXIS informationAND
  2. Completion and verification of the free, online course: An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.

Additional Note

If you meet all requirements but have:

  • An unrestricted, expired out-of-state teaching license
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, within the past 5 years

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 2 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as an educator while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to three years from date of validation.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Verification of required Praxis test scores submitted electronically to cert@mt.gov or the original mailed.
  5. Original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.
  6. Copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license electronically to cert@mt.gov or mailed, if applicable.

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 2 Educator License Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 5 Provisional License

Requirements for Montana Class 5 Provisional Licensure With Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Secondary, K-12, or P-12 Special Education Endorsement


Qualifications for a Montana Class 5 Provisional Teaching License

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, AND
  • A plan of study from an accredited professional educator preparation program verifying that the applicant:
    • Can meet the requirements for full licensure within the three (3) year validity period of the license, AND
    • Meets the professional educator preparation program admission requirements.
  • Applicanats that have completed an educator preparation program outside of Montana must provide proof of:
    • A Montana residential address or a job offer from an accredited or state-funded P-12 Montana school, AND
    • Successful completion (meets or exceeds minimum passing score) of the Montana required Praxis applicable to requested endorsement.

Additionally, the following must be met prior to licensure:

  1. Completion and verification of the free, online course An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.”

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 5 Provisional Educator Licensure Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 6 Specialist - School Counselor

Requirements for Montana Class 6 School Counselor Specialist Licensure


There are two pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 6 School Counselor licensure. One of the following must be met:

  1. Completion of a Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited school counselor program which includes an internship in a school setting of 600 hours.
    OR
  2. Completion of a master’s degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college or university which includes an internship in a school setting of 600 hours.

Additionally, each of the following must be met prior to licensure:

  1. Applicants must provide verification of the Montana required Praxis test score(s) meeting Montana standards for your endorsement area(s). Click here for PRAXIS information. (If your teaching program was completed through a Montana institution, check with them regarding this process.)
    AND
  2. Completion and verification of the free, on-line course “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”. Click here: http://learninghub.mrooms.net/course/index.php?categoryid=105 (If your teaching program was completed through a Montana institution, check with them regarding this process.)

Note: If you meet all requirements but hold:

  • An unrestricted, expired out-of-state school counselor license.

    AND
  • Have not earned 6 graduate level semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, within the past 5 years

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 6 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as a school counselor while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to three years from date of validation.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and have not yet completed a School Counselor program but are within four courses of completion of the school counselor program, follow the step shown above.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. The following are supplemental forms to the online application and must be submitted by mail and received/results received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts for both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Verification of required Praxis test scores submitted electronically to cert@mt.gov or a copy of the original test results mailed.
  5. Original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (retain a copy for your records).
  6. A copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state school counselor license (if applicable) sent electronically to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
     

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 6 School Counselor Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

If you have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed your School Counselor program but are within four courses of doing so you may qualify for a Class 5 License for School Counselors.

If you have a current teaching license and would like to get your license in school counseling you may be interested in an internship. For more information and to find out if your qualify for an internship you should talk to your school and the college where you would like to complete your school counselor’s program.

You can use the School Counselor Internship Application to apply for your internship. The application will be turned in to the college where you will complete your program and they will notify the Office of Public instruction of your enrollment in the internship program.

Class 6 Specialist - School Psychologist

Requirements for Montana Class 6 School Psychologist Specialist Licensure


There are three pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 6 School Psychologist licensure. One of the following must be met:

  • Current credentials as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) from the NationalAssociation of School Psychologists (NASP). OR
  • Completion of a specialist level degree from a NASP accredited school psychologist program which includes a 1200-hour internship, of which 600 hours were in a school setting. OR
  • For those applicants who did not earn at least a specialist level school psychology degree from an NASP accredited program, completion of a master's degree or higher in school psychology or arelated field from a regionally accredited college or university; and a recommendation from an NASP accredited specialist program attesting to the applicant’s qualifications being equivalent to NASP training standards, which included a 1200-hour internship experience of which 600 hours were in a school setting.

Additionally, the following must be met prior to licensure:

One of the following must be met:

  • Current credentials as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) from the NationalAssociation of School Psychologists (NASP). OR
  • Completion of a specialist level degree from a NASP accredited school psychologist program which includes a 1200-hour internship, of which 600 hours were in a school setting. OR
  • For those applicants who did not earn at least a specialist level school psychology degree from an NASP accredited program, completion of a master's degree or higher in school psychology or arelated field from a regionally accredited college or university; and a recommendation from an NASP accredited specialist program attesting to the applicant’s qualifications being equivalent to NASP training standards, which included a 1200-hour internship experience of which 600 hours were in a school setting.
  • Completion and verification of the free, on-line course “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”

Note: If you meet all requirements but have:

  • An unrestricted, expired out-of-state school psychologist license.
    And
  • Have not earned 6 graduate level semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, within the past 5 years

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 6 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as a school psychologist while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to three years from date of validation.

If you have a master's degree or greater in school psychology or related field from a regionally accredited college or university but have not completed a School Psychologist program but are within four courses of completion of the school psychologist program follow the step shown above.


Application Process

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts for your bachelor’s, master’s and educational specialist degrees may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov.gov or mailed.
  4. Copy of your valid, unexpired credentials as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  5. Original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”
  6. Copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state school psychologist license electronically or mailed to cert@mt.gov if applicable.

 

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 6 School Psychologist Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

If you chose to use the paper application for either the Class 6 Specialist School Psychologist or Class 5 Specialist School Psychologist , all forms must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 7 Native American Language and Culture

Requirements for Montana Class 7 Native American Language and Culture Educator Licensure

  • Verification by the authorized representative of a tribal government, that has a memorandum of understanding with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, that the applicant has met tribal standards for competency and fluency as a requisite for teaching that language and culture.

Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Native American Language Educator License Application

Native American Language Educator License Renewal

Class 8 Dual Credit Only Post-Secondary Faculty License

Requirements for Montana Class 8 Dual Credit Post-Secondary Faculty Educator Licensure


  1. Verification of faculty employment from the Chief Academic Officer or an appropriate official of the employing regionally accredited college or university; ARM 10.57.437
  2. Recommendation from the Chief Academic Officer from a regionally accredited college or university verifying the applicant plans to teach in a subject covered by the K-12 endorsement areas in ARM 10.57.438, and will teach a subject in which the applicant has a major or minor; and the applicant demonstrates adequate education and experience to instruct dual enrollment courses. ARM 10.57.437

Other Information:

  • Class 8 dual credit license applications will be reviewed quarterly by the Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council for recommendation regarding issuance of the license by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • For questions regarding these considerations please call us at 406-444-3150.

Paper Application: Please click the link below for the current application.  Include all required documents (third bulleted item on application) when submitting your application; also, make sure you have completed all items on the application checklist.  Failure to do so will result in delaying your application for review and consideration.


Class 8 Dual Credit Post-secondary Faculty License Application

Class 8 Renewal Application

Class 3 Administrator's License - Special Education Supervisor

Requirements for Montana Class 3 Administrator - Special Education Supervisor Endorsement


  1. This administrative endorsement is issued in specific field of Special Education.
  2. Completion of an Administrative Special Education Supervisor preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Completion and verification of a Master’s Degree in Special Education or related service area, school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, registered nurse, clinical social worker, or clinical professional counselor.
  4. Three years teaching experience as an appropriately licensed and assigned special education teacher, or five years of experience in an accredited Pre K-12 or K-12 school setting as a fully licensed and assigned related services provider. 
  5. Complete the free, online course, An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.

Important Considerations:

  • Montana DOES NOT have reciprocity with any other state in regards to educator licensure. Therefore even though you may have been a licensed educator or administrator in another state, if you do not meet all of requirements above, you will not qualify for Class 3 Educator licensure in Montana.
  • If you completed an alternative educator preparation program in another state, your program may not meet the requirements for licensure in Montana and therefore you may not qualify for Class 3 licensure. Your educator preparation program’s accreditation status must be verified on a University Recommendation form and submitted for review.
  • You must qualify for a Montana teaching license to be considered eligible for an administrative license in Montana. 
  • For questions regarding these considerations please call us at 406-444-3150.

Online Application: Please use this link to access our online application system. You will be required to set up an account and then the application wizard will take you through the steps of submitting your Montana educator’s license application.

Class 3 Administrators License: Special Education Supervisor Endorsement - Online Application*


Required documents for ALL (Online & Paper) applications: all application materials below must be submitted before your application can be processed.

*Don’t forget to send your original transcripts. Escripts can be sent directly from the college or university to cert@mt.gov

*Also, please send a copy of your current out of state license if applicable.

Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 3 Administrators License: Special Education Supervisor Endorsement - Paper Application


 

Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


If you are not a currently licensed out of state teacher and have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework during the last 5 years you should apply for a Class 5 License. Also if you do not meet the Praxis testing requirements for Montana licensure but are a Montana resident or have been hired by a Montana school you should apply for a Class 5 License.

Class 3 Administrator's License - Superintendent and Principal

Application Materials for Montana Administrators


I. Superintendent:
 

There are two pathways to meeting Montana's requirements for Class 3 Superintendent licensure (per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.413 and 10.57.414). One of the pathways must be met:

  • Traditional: Completion of a professional educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university.Each of the following must also be met:
  1. Completion and verification of an education specialist, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 or a master’s degree in education leadership from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Completion and verification of a minimum of 18 semester graduate credits in a school superintendent preparation program, of which 12 must be beyond the master’s degree in education leadership.
  3. Verification of a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience as an appropriately licensed teacher.
  4. Verification of 1 year successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.

OR

  • Non-traditional: Completion of a non-traditional educator preparation program along with a current, standard, unrestricted out-of-state administrator license. AND

1. Verification of 5 years of successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.


All applicants must complete: Three semester credits of college coursework in each of the following: Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law.


Additionally, prior to licensure, all applicants must: Complete the free, online course, An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana.


Application Process

Traditional:

Non-Traditional:

 

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Submit the original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.
  5. Send a copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license (if applicable) electronically to cert@mt.gov or mail.

Note: If you meet all requirements but have:

  • Not completed the specific Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law college coursework; OR
  • Hold an unrestricted, expired out-of-state administrator license.
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university, within the past 5 years.

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 3 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as a superintendent while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to 3 years from date of issuance.

Applicants required to complete coursework other than Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law are not eligible for a Class 5 provisional license, but may enroll in an internship program. Refer to the Superintendent Internship Program Application Requirements.


Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Class 3 Superintendent Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.


LICENSURE HOME

II. Principal:

 

There are two pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 3 Principal licensure (per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.413 and 10.57.415-417). One of the pathways must be met:

  • Traditional: Completion of a professional educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university. Each of the following must also be met:
    1. Completion and verification of a master’s degree in educational leadership from anaccredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 or amaster’s degree related to education from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Completion and verification of an accredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 and aligned with endorsement request for either elementary, secondary or K-12 principals.
    3. Completion of three semester credits of college courses in Montana school law, including special education law.
    4. Verification of a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience with a standard, unrestricted license as an appropriately licensed teacher. OR
  • Non-traditional: Completion of a non-traditional principal program and a current, standard, unrestricted out-of-state administrator license. AND Verification of 5 years of successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.

All applicants must complete: Three semester credits of college coursework in Montana school law.


Additionally, prior to licensure, all applicants must: Complete the free, on-line course, An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana


Application Process

Traditional:

Non-Traditional:

 

 

  1. Complete the online application or Class 3 Administrative Licensure Paper Application 
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  4. Submit the original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.
  5. Copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license (if applicable) electronically to cert@mt.gov or mail.

Note: If you meet all requirements but have:

  • Not completed the specific Montana School Law college coursework; OR
  • Hold an unrestricted, expired out-of-state administrator license.
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited collegeor university, within the past 5 years;

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 3 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as an administrator while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to 3 years from date of issuance.

Applicants required to complete coursework other than Montana school law are not eligible for a Class 5 provisional license, but may enroll in an internship program. Refer to the Principal Internship Program Application Requirements.


Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


* Class 3 Principal Paper Application: If you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 3 Administrator's License - Supervisor

Requirements for Montana Class 3 Administrator - Supervisor Endorsement


  1. This administrative supervisor endorsement is issued in specific fields such as math, music, and school counseling.
  2. Completion of a supervisor preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Completion and verification of a Master’s Degree in the area requested for endorsement.
  4. Three years teaching experience as an appropriately licensed and assigned teacher in a state accredited PreK-12 or K-12 school setting.
    Important Considerations:
  • Montana DOES NOT have reciprocity with any other state in regards to educator licensure. Therefore even though you may have been a licensed educator or administrator in another state, if you do not meet all of requirements above, you will not qualify for Class 3 Educator licensure in Montana.
  • If you completed an alternative educator preparation program in another state, your program may not meet the requirements for licensure in Montana and therefore you may not qualify for Class 3 licensure. Your educator preparation program’s accreditation status must be verified on a University Recommendation form and submitted for review.
  • You must qualify for a Montana teaching license to be considered eligible for an administrative license in Montana. Please review the requirements for teacher’s licensure on our website at http://opi.mt.gov/cert.
  • For questions regarding these considerations please call us at 406-444-3150.

Online Application: Please use this link to access our online application system. You will be required to set up an account and then the application wizard will take you through the steps of submitting your Montana educator’s license application.

Class 3 Administrators License: Supervisor Endorsement - online application


Required documents for Online applications: all application materials below must be submitted before your application can be processed.

**Don’t forget to send your original transcripts. Escripts can be sent directly from the college or university to cert@mt.gov

**Also, please send a copy of your current out of state license if applicable.


Mail all hard copy documents to:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150


Paper Application: if you choose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

If you are not a currently licensed out-of-state teacher and have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework during the last 5 years you should apply for a Class 5 License. Also, if you do not meet the Praxis testing requirements for Montana licensure but are a Montana resident or have been hired by a Montana school you should apply for a Class 5 License.

Requirements for Montana Class 4 Educator Licensure


Apply for a Class... If you have... And can document, as verified by employers, a minimum of...

4A

A Montana Class 1 or 2
Teaching License
10,000 hours (5 years) of work experience in EACH of the areas requested for endorsement. This license is issued to candidates who have worked in these industries, and have work experience in the field. Your application will not be approved if you cannot document the required experience.
4B
A bachelor's or master's degree
 
4C No degree, but a high school
diploma or GED

 

 

Applicants for the Class 4 Career and Technical License must provide documentation of work experience including all or most of the skills required for each endorsement totaling 10,000 hours (5 years or more). Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Verification of Work Experience Form(s) (page 3 of the application), completed by as many employers as necessary to document the skills as well as the length of time employed. Job duties must be clearly outlined by the employer.
  • For self-employed candidates, IRS Profit/Loss tax statements or other documentation of the existence of a business for the past 5 years, making it clear that the applicant was part of the business.
  • For Health Occupations and Computer Information Systems, an industry standard certificate or license AND evidence of an internship or apprenticeship combined with work experience.
  • Teaching experience in the endorsement area may be included, and will be evaluated at the time of application.
  • A resume or other documents, including examples of work projects may be helpful if the work experience from employers is not clear and are recommended.
  • Include any earned certifications, or evidence of workshops, or trainings attended.
  • If self-employed, please include any business licenses.

**It is incumbent on the applicant to provide appropriate and complete documentation of their work history. In most instances, the application and work experience will be reviewed by the appropriate Specialist in the Career and Technical and Adult Education Division to ensure that the applicant's work experience is appropriate for the requested endorsement.

 

Areas of Endorsement

Agriculture Business, Marketing, and Communications

Agriculture Business, Marketing, and Communications

  • Recordkeeping
  • Fiscal Analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing
  • Sales and Service
  • International Agriculture
  • Ag Communications
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Food Production Chain (i.e. production to consumer)
  • Financing and Credit
  • Understanding Cost Analysis
  • Computer Functionality and Use
  • Understanding Futures, Options and Price Protection
  • Utilizing Non-Traditional Marketing (e.g. Internet, Farmer's Markets, Branded Products, Direct Distribution)
  • Utilizing Government Programs and Resources
  • American Agriculture Policy (e.g. Farm Bill)
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Principles of Advertising, Promotion and Sales
  • Business Communications and Job Application Proficiency
  • Successful Interviewing Techniques
  • Planning Marketing and Public Relations Campaigns
  • International Outreach and Communication
  • Personal Leadership Development
  • Agricultural Agencies and Information Transfer

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Agriculture Mechanics

Agriculture Mechanics

  • General Ag Shop Operations and Safety
  • Building Construction
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Wood Construction
  • Concrete Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Wiring
  • Land Surveying
  • Power Technology

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Auto Body

Auto Body

  • General Auto Body Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice- pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Metalworking Techniques
  • Welding
  • Repair Cost Estimating
  • Plastic Repair
  • Painting and Refinishing
  • Glass Removal and Installation
  • Body Parts Repair and Replacement
  • Frame Alignment - Conventional & Unitized Body

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology

  • General Automotive Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to individual Automotive Processes and Procedures
  • NATEF Automotive Standards
  • Engine Components
  • Automotive Diagnostic Equipment and Test Procedures
  • Precision Measurement
  • Brake Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fuel Systems
  • Emission Control Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Drive train – including transmission, transaxle, and differential components
  • Steering Systems
  • Suspension Systems

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Aviation

Aviation

  • Aircraft and Aviation Safety
  • Aerodynamics
  • Gyroscopic Instruments
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Engine Operation
  • Fuel System
  • Induction System
  • Electrical System
  • Weight & Balance
  • Aeronautical Charts
  • Navigation Methods
  • Flight Planning
  • Principles of Weather
  • FAA Regulations
  • Preflight Briefing

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Building Maintenance

Building Maintenance (As Related to Custodial Duties)

  • General Building Safety, Custodial Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment and chemicals involved
  • Approved Custodial Practice
  • Custodial Equipment
  • Floor Maintenance
  • Carpet Maintenance
  • Window Maintenance
  • General Building Maintenance
  • Restroom Maintenance

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Building Trades

Building Trades

  • General Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • State and Local Building Codes - commercial and residential
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Cabinetry
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration - HVAC
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Masonry - including bricklaying, stonemason, and concrete work
  • Plumbing

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Computer Coding

Computer Coding

An instructor endorsed in Computer Coding will:

  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 license; and,
  • Provide verification of successful completion of a blended learning professional development course of at least 80 hours by a provider recognized by the Office of Public Instruction and the Board of Public Education.

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

An instructor endorsed in Computer Information Systems will demonstrate a basic knowledge including all and exhibit expertise in a majority of the following topics:

  • Network architecture, system configuration, administration, and support.
  • Computer organization, architecture, and operating systems.
  • Computer and network security including cryptography, operating system security, and intrusion detection and prevention.
  • Programming skills—knowledge of one or more computer languages (i.e. C++, JAVA, Visual Basic).
  • Database concepts, management structures, analysis; database management.
  • Software management systems and data communications.
  • Website design methodology and applications appropriate for secondary level, including HTML/XHTML.
  • Technical writing and documentation skills necessary for information systems.

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

An instructor endorsed in Culinary Arts will have a basic knowledge including all areas and exhibit expertise in a majority of the topics for the appropriate classroom levels:

Middle School Classes

  • Healthy food choices
  • Teenage nutrition
  • Basic food preparation
  • Kitchen sanitation
  • Kitchen safety

Freshman and Sophomore Classes

  • Teen Nutrition
  • Personal weight management
  • Kitchen sanitation and safety
  • Food preparation skills
  • Family meal preparation

Junior and Senior Classes

  • Must focus on a career option
  • Advanced food preparation skills
  • Regional American foods/foreign foods
  • Meal management family/business
  • Entrepreneurship in the foods area
  • Pro Start
  • Restaurant and Hospitality Food Service

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

 

Diesel Mechanics

Diesel Mechanics

  • General Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Diesel Theory
  • Two Cycle Diesel Engines
  • Four Cycle Diesel Engines
  • Diesel Diagnostic Equipment and Test Procedures
  • Brake Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Fuel Systems
  • Emission Control Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Drive train – including transmission, transaxle, and differential components
  • Steering Systems
  • Suspension Systems

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Drafting

Drafting

  • General Drafting Lab Safety
  • Manual Drafting Methods
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Technical Drafting

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Electronics

Electronics

  • General Electronics Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Electronics Industry Standards
  • Electrical Engineering Design
  • Interpretation of Electronic Schematics
  • Diagnostic & Test Equipment
  • Circuitry
  • Control Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Electromagnetics
  • Power Generation & Transmission Systems
  • Computer Electronics - Microprocessing
  • Industrial Robot Control Systems

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

An instructor endorsed as an Emergency Medical Technician will:

  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 license; and,
  • Hold a current CPR/First Aid certificate and a current license as a lead instructor obtained through the Montana Board of Medical Examiners (regulated under ARM 24.156.27); and,
  • Provide verification of 2,000 hours of EMT experience; and,
  • Provide verification of successful completion of a blended learning professional development course offered by the Office of Public Instruction.
  • In addition to renewal requirements outlined in ARM 10.57.420, renewal of this endorsement will also require a current CPR/First Aid certificate and a current license as a lead instructor obtained through the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.

Engineering

Class 4A, 4B, or 4C Engineering

Currently 5-12 grade Industrial Technology Education teachers (13S ITE) have the background to teach CADD, robotics and automation, foundation of technology, energy foundation, and introductory engineering, but may lack the upper level physical science and/or mathematics background for advanced engineering courses. LEAs have the right to determine the level of courses taught with the 13S ITE endorsement or may ask for assistance from the CTE Division for ascertaining appropriate courses.

The creation of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement for Engineering is to allow for the inclusion of:

  1. Licensed engineers wishing to enter the teaching field; and
  2. Secondary math and/or science teachers endorsed in specific engineering courses in Montana public schools. The local school district may choose to offer engineering classes under the teacher’s current academic license, but would be ineligible to use Carl D. Perkins funds for their engineering program.

Licensed Engineers

  • Licensed engineers may apply for a Class 4B endorsement. Engineers holding a professional license will be endorsed to teach all engineering courses including all “Project Lead the Way (PLTW)” course offerings, but must attend PLTW Core Training.
  • A licensed engineer that also has a secondary license in an academic area can apply for a Class 4A Endorsement.

Secondary Math or Physical Science Teachers

Teachers with secondary math or physical science licensure may apply for a Class 4A Engineering Endorsement if they are going to teach any of the “Project Lead the Way (PLTW)” courses, but must attend PLTW Core Training prior to applying for the endorsement.

  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering (must attend PLTW Core Training)
  • PLTW Digital Electronics (must attend PLTW Core Training)
  • PLTW Aerospace Engineering
  • PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • PLTW Engineering Design & Development

Additional applicable courses offered under an engineering endorsement are:

  • Applied Physics (Physical Science teacher recommended)

Other engineering courses will need approval of the MT Superintendent of Schools to be eligible for these Engineering Endorsements.

**An engineering degree and license in any engineering discipline (I.E. Agricultural, Architectural, Chemical, Biomedical, Civil, Control Systems, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Fire Protection, Industrial, Metallurgical and Materials, Mechanical, Mining and Mineral, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Nuclear, Petroleum, and Structural, etc.) are required.

Also required:

  • Proof of the successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (a person is not considered to be an “engineer intern” or “engineer in training” until passing this exam.
  • Proof of the successful completion of the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam, which is Discipline Specific
  • 10,000 hours of work experience in all of the following areas
  • Product Design
  • Research and Development
  • Systems Management
  • Computer Technology
  • Practice of General Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Fire & Disaster Services

Fire & Disaster Services

An instructor endorsed in Fire and Disaster Services will:

  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 license; and,
  • Provide verification of a minimum of 2,000 hours of employment in fire services or law enforcement; and,
  • Provide verification of successful completion of a blended learning professional development course offered by the Office of Public Instruction.

Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts

An instructor endorsed in Graphic Design (Arts) will have a working knowledge including all areas of design from digital production to pre-press production.

  • General Lab Knowledge and safety practices pertaining to the field and tools/equipment relevant to the application
  • Working knowledge and application of industry standard software to include:
    • Photo
    • Vector
    • Page Layout
    • Web Interactive
  • An understanding of the medias available for output to include multimedia solutions
  • Typography (hierarchy and style)
  • Elements of Art and Principles of Design as they apply to visual design and layout pertaining specifically to composition and aesthetics
  • Illustration
  • Communication skills applied to design as well as collaborative interdisciplinary applications
  • Photography and photo editing/manipulation
  • Knowledge of file types and extensions as applied to prepress packaging and export of finished media
  • Knowledge of writing copy and word editing
  • Understanding of the print production industry when applied to production
  • Social, Commercial, Business, and Industrial Design

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Health Science Education

Health Science Education

An instructor endorsed in Health Occupations will have experience and knowledge including one or more of the following areas:

  • Athletic Trainer/Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy
  • Paramedicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Physician (MD/DO)
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology/Science Radiographer
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Tech
  • Veterinarian

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Heavy Equipment Operations

Heavy Equipment Operations

  • General Shop/Worksite Safety & Related Environmental Issues.
  • Specific Safety Practices - pertaining to the Operation and Maintenance of each piece of equipment involved in the instruction.
  • Because of the large variety of heavy duty equipment available, individual types of equipment will not be listed, but will be categorized as wheeled, tracked, portable and stationary related to the following areas of business:
    • Agriculture
    • Construction
    • Industrial Manufacturing
    • Mining
    • Petrochemical
    • Pipeline
    • Railroad

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Horticulture

Horticulture

  • Greenhouse Management and Production
  • Nursery Management and Production
  • Floriculture
  • Landscaping
  • Turfgrass Management and Production
  • Horticulture Food Crop Production

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Industrial Mechanics

Industrial Mechanics

  • General Electronics Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Schematic Reading
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Machinery Troubleshooting
  • Diagnostic Equipment & Test Procedures
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Machinery Repair
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Lubrication Systems
  • Calibration of Automated Systems
  • Equipment/Machinery Installation

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Livestock Production

Livestock Production

  • Livestock Care and Management
  • Veterinary Care
  • Production
  • Sales and Service
  • Feeding and Nutrition
  • Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer and Reproduction
  • Livestock Equipment and Facilities
  • Livestock Processing and Marketing
  • Livestock Handling and Safety
  • Animal Breeds and Genetics
  • Health and Pharmaceutical Protocol
  • Entomology and Parasitology
  • Livestock Products and By-Products
  • Food Production and Safety
  • Heat Detection and Artificial Insemination
  • Meat Identification and Evaluation
  • Live Animal Identification and Evaluation

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Machining

Machining

  • General Machine Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Machining Operations and Theory
  • Bench Metal Operations
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Layout Procedures
  • Precision Measurement
  • Metallurgy
  • Grinding Procedures
  • Fixture and Jig Set-up
  • Lathe Operation
  • Milling Machine Operation
  • Drill Press Operation
  • Computer Numerical Control - CNC
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing - CAM
  • Other machining processes are used in industry but may not be common in secondary education settings

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Metals

Metals

  • General Machine Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Layout Procedures
  • Fabrication
  • Metallurgy
  • Machining
  • Sheet Metal
  • Welding

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Plant and Soil Sciences

Plant and Soil Sciences

  • Crop Identification and Production
  • Agronomic Practices
  • Forage Production
  • Grazing Management
  • Plant Genetics and Breeding
  • Plant Physiology
  • Precision Agriculture and GPS Applications in Agriculture
  • Soil Fertility and Amendments
  • Weed Management and Control
  • American Agricultural Policy (e.g. Farm Bill)
  • Agriculture Machinery and Equipment

 

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

ROTC

ROTC

To qualify for a ROTC instructor endorsement, the applicant must provide evidence of certification by the appropriate branch of the US military and successful completion of a criminal background check pursuant to  ARM 10.57.201A.

A Class 4A or 4B license with a ROTC endorsement may be renewed every five years with resubmission or certification by the appropriate branch of the US military. (This endorsement is not applicable to a Class 4C license). 

If you meet the qualifications, please complete the class 4 application found at the bottom of the Class 4 Homepage. Be sure to include the ROTC certification, which you obtain from your commanding officer. 

Small Engines (a.k.a. Power Equipment Technology)

Small Engines (a.k.a. Power Equipment Technology)

  • General Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to each area and the tools/equipment involved
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Internal Combustion Engine Theory
  • Four-Cycle Engine
  • Two Cycle Engine
  • Precision Measuring
  • Diagnostic Equipment and Test Procedures
  • Ignition Systems
  • Fuel Systems
  • Emission Control Systems
  • Governor Operation
  • Cooling Systems
  • Lubrication Systems
  • Transmissions
  • Engine Rebuild Procedures

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Stagecraft

Stagecraft

An instructor endorsed in Theater Arts will have a working knowledge including all areas of stagecraft (lights sound sets costume and make up) and all phases of production implementation. Admission to IATSE as a member in good standing or USITT with a proven production record would be preferable. The candidate should have proven track experience on general crew calls or self-employment in productions and should have thorough training in general shop/Lab Safety & related Environmental issues pertaining to theater production and exhibit expertise in the majority of the following areas:

  • Specific Safety Practice – pertaining to theatrical production and procedures.
  • State and Local Fire Codes as pertaining to theatrical production and auditoriums.
  • Federal State and Local Electrical codes as pertaining to theatrical production (especially for lighting and set practical).
  • State and Local building codes as pertaining to set and construction and performer / audience safety.
  • Knowledge of Theatrical hierarchy and crew structure.
  • Blueprint / Plot / Plan reading.
  • Stage Carpentry / construction.
  • Technical Direction.
  • Working knowledge of crew work on sets, props, electrics, costumes, make up, and craft services.
  • Knowledge of Basic Electronic Circuits and troubleshooting as pertaining to lights sets and sound systems.
  • Set / Drop painting technique and paint procedures.
  • Basic cutting / stitching.
  • Basic make up design and implementation.
  • Crew position tasks and responsibilities.
  • Collaborative planning and execution of design tasks.
  • Proven design and implementation of Light, Set, Sound, costume and Make up designs.
  • Portfolio and Resume design and preparation specific to technical theater.

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Teacher Education

Teacher Education

An instructor endorsed in Teacher Education will:

  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 license; and,
  • Provide verification of successful completion of 5 years of professional experience as a licensed educator.

Videography

Video and Filmmaking

An instructor endorsed in Video and Filmmaking will have a working knowledge including all areas of video planning and implementation and exhibit expertise in the majority of the following areas:

  • Specific Safety Practice – pertaining to video production and procedures.
  • State and Local Fire Codes as pertaining to video production and auditoriums.
  • Federal State and Local Electrical codes as pertaining to video production (especially for lighting and set practical).
  • State and Local building codes as pertaining to set and construction and performer / audience safety.
  • Knowledge of video crew hierarchy and structure.
  • Blueprint / Plot / Plan reading.
  • Video Carpentry / construction.
  • Technical Direction.
  • Knowledge of Basic Electronic Circuits and troubleshooting as pertaining to video signal chain, lights sets and sound systems.
  • Camera operation and maintenance.
  • Scripting / planning for video production.
  • Video Lighting and safety.
  • Teleprompter use.
  • Video signal chain – studio and field.
  • Audio techniques for video and post production.
  • Be familiar with NTSC standards both analogue and digital.
  • Scripting and Storyboarding.
  • NLE and A/B roll editing.
  • Portfolio and Resume design and preparation specific to Video Production.

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.

Welding

Welding

  • General Machine Shop/Lab Safety & Related Environmental Issues
  • Specific Safety Practice - pertaining to individual Welding/Cutting Processes
  • American Welding Society Standards - AWS
  • ANSI/AWS Welding Symbols
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Layout Procedures
  • Power Supplies
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding - SMAW (stick or electric arc)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - GTAW (TIG)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding – GMAW (MIG)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding - FCAW
  • Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting - OAW and OAC (OFC)
  • Plasma Cutting – PAC
  • Other welding processes are used in industry but may not be common in secondary education settings.

If you have at least 10,000 hours (5 years or more) of experience including all or most of the skills listed above please complete the Class 4 application.