Class 4 Career and Technical Certification Areas

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.