I am a Montana Educator and want to renew, update, or advance my certificate.


Renewals/Lapsed Licenses


NOTE:  If attempting to renew from overseas, you will need the service of a VPN (virtual private network) to access the licensure system.  If you do not have a VPN and do not want to obtain one, please email the Licensure Division at cert@mt.gov  so a renewal form may be emailed to you.  You will need to print the renewal form and mail it along with required documents.

     

NOTE:  

  1. Please have a debit or credit card handy, the renewal payment will need to be submitted to complete renewal process.
  2. To utilize professional development not previously approved, check with your school district to see if they are an annual provider.  If so, they may approve it for you.  If they are not, utilize the form below under Resources for Renewal Units.
  3. If your license expired more than one year ago, refer below to Lapsed License.

 

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Licensure Renewal Requirements


For my Class 2 license:

60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units.

For my Class 1 license:

60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units.


For my Class 3 license:

60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units.


For my Class 4 License:

Class 4A licenses: 60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units. The first renewal must show evidence of renewal units earned in the following content areas:
curriculum and instruction in career and technical education; and safety and teacher liability.

Class 4B or 4C licenses 60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units and semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units.
The first renewal must show evidence of renewal units earned in the following content areas:
curriculum and instruction in career and technical education; and safety and teacher liability.

Other professional development appropriate to renew a Class 4B or 4C license includes the following:
principles and/or philosophy of career and technical education; curriculum and instruction in career and technical education; learning styles/teaching styles; including serving students with special needs; safety and teacher liability; classroom management; teaching methods; career guidance in career and technical education; or endorsement related technical studies, with prior OPI approval.


For my Class 5 License:

Cannot be renewed. This license either expires or converts to full licensure if the requirements have been completed.


For my Class 6 License:

60 OPI renewal units or any combination of OPI renewal units semester/quarter college credits. Each Semester credit is worth 15 OPI renewal units and a quarter credit is worth 10 renewal units.


For My Class 7 License:

May be renewed upon verification by the tribe that the professional development plan, as defined by the current memorandum of understanding on file with OPI (ARM 10.57.436(5)


For My Class 8 License:

Renewal units are not required. Renewal application is located in the “Application Materials” section, under Class 8 Dual Credit Post-Secondary Faculty License application.


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Deadline for Renewal Requirements

What is the deadline for completing my renewal requirements?


Although your license expires on June 30, you have until August 31 to complete the renewal units or coursework necessary to renew your license. Please check with your school about deadlines for providing proof of renewal of your license. If you are not teaching in a school you have up to one year to submit your renewal materials as long as the requirements were completed during the term of your licensure.

IMPORTANT! Please don’t wait until the last minute to renew your license. During the summer months our staff is very busy and it may take up to 8 weeks to process your renewal application. You can apply for renewal any time after January 1 of the year your license expires. 


ONLINE RENEWAL APPLICATION 

Resources for Renewal Units

License Renewal FAQ's

Lapsed Licenses

My license is lapsed and I would like to teach again. How do I get licensed?


The answer to that question depends on whether you have earned at least 60 OPI renewal units within the last 5 years. Renewal units can be earned as college credits with each semester credit worth 15 OPI renewal units.


I need more renewal units. Where can I find information on professional development opportunities to earn renewal units? Resources for Renewal Units:
Teacher Learning Hub
Learning Opportunities Portal


 

If you have 60 OPI renewal units you can apply for reinstatement of your license. To apply for reinstatement of your license you will need to send in the reinstatement application, a new fingerprint background check, and original OPI renewal unit certificates.


If you have not completed 60 OPI renewal units in the last 5 years and have not previously held a Class 5 license you can apply for a Class 5 license. The Class 5 license will give you three years to complete the requirements for reinstatement of your license. The Class 5 option is only available to you once during your career. Along with the Class 5 application you will also need to submit a new fingerprint background check.

Adding/Upgrade Endorsements


 

Need More Information for Adding/Upgrading Endorsements?

Qualifying for an Endorsement

How do I add an endorsement?


Your college or university must complete a university recommendation form verifying you have completed the requirements for program completion. You will need to submit a transcript (official paper or electronic) and the college or university will need to send in the signed university recommendation form.

Adding an Endorsement

How do I add an endorsement?


Your college or university must complete a university recommendation form verifying you have completed the requirements for program completion. You will need to submit a transcript (official paper or electronic) and the college or university will need to send in the signed university recommendation form.

Pathway for Montana Educators to Add a Special Education Endorsement

Teaching in my new area while working towards an Endorsement

I am working as a teacher and I want to add a new endorsement. Is there any way I can teach in the area of my new endorsement while completing the coursework I need for my program?


You can add an endorsement through an internship or with a Class 5 provisional license. An internship is an agreement between your school, the college, and yourself. The internship is granted for one year and can be offered for 2 additional years as long as you are making adequate progress towards the completion of your program. A class 5 provisional license to add the endorsement would require you to work with a college to get a plan of study verifying that you meet admission requirements and can complete your endorsement program within three years. Both options allow you to teach while completing the program.

Upgrading a Class 5 License

How do I upgrade my Class 5 license?


To upgrade your class 5 license to a Class 2 standard teaching license you will need to submit a Class 5 upgrade application, transcripts from your teacher preparation program, and a university recommendation verifying you have completed the program. You can upgrade your Class 5 license at any time once you have completed your teacher preparation program. If you do not complete your program within 3 years your Class 5 license will lapse and it cannot be renewed.

Upgrading a Class 2 License

How do I upgrade my Class 2 license to a Class 1 license?


To upgrade your Class 2 Standard teaching license to a Class 1 professional license you will need to complete the upgrade application, submit transcripts of your master’s degree, and submit verification of 3 years of teaching experience.

License Endorsement FAQ's