I am a Montana Educator and want to renew, reinstate, upgrade, or add an endorsement to my license.


Renew License

 

Renewal Reminder: Per ARM 10.57.215(1) the renewal units/professional development you submit need to be dated during your current license term. What does this mean for 2023? If you are renewing in 2023, you can use PD earned between 07/01/2018 - 08/31/2023 towards your renewal.

If your current educator license(s) expire in 2023, you can submit your renewal application beginning January 1, 2023.


What do I need to know?

enlightenedLicense renewal applications are now submitted online through the new licensing system, TeachMT (TMT).

 

enlightenedAny renewal units or college/university credits you previously entered into the Professional Development section in MSEIS have been transferred into TMT as part of your state educator record. Review it now by logging into TMT. *Be sure to keep your original renewal unit certificates in case your renewal application is audited when you apply for your license renewal.

 

enlightened You can prepare now for your 2023 renewal! Click here to see how.

 

enlightenedTo renew more than one license you will need to select all license types, at the same time, from the application menu in TMT. This will create one application for all licenses you need to renew, and charge all required fees.

 

enlightenedTMT allows you to enter your PD units ahead of your renewal application. By completing this step, the turnaround of your renewed license can be 24 hours (*unless audited).

 

enlightenedTMT allows you to store your PD unit certificates, and you can upload them as you earn them. By completing this step you will have a secure location for your certificates, and access to download your certificates if needed. You will also be ready if your renewal application is audited.

 

enlightenedIf your license expired 06/30/2021 or before, you will not be able to apply for a license renewal. Refer to Lapsed Licenses in the menu below, to submit a Reinstatement application.

 

enlightenedRenewal unit certificate approvals and renewal unit provider questions are answered on the Professional Learning website. The Professional Learning team requests that you review the website if you have questions about topics such as:

  • Pre-Approval Processes for OPI Renewal Unit Certificates for non-approved renewal unit activities
  • locating renewal unit activities and professional training
  • how to navigate the process to provide OPI Renewal Units to licensed MT educators
 

enlightenedIf attempting to renew from out-of-country, you will need the service of a VPN (virtual private network) to access the licensure system.  If you are not able to access the TMT website, you might also need to provide your IP address to the TMT technical support team by submitting an Online Support Form.

Need More Information for Renewals?

Licensure Renewal Requirements


For my Class 2 license:

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

For my Class 1 license:

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


For my Class 3 license:

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


For my Class 4 License:

Class 4A licenses: 60 professional development units or any combination of professional development units and semester/quarter college credits. Each semester credit is worth 15 professional development units and a quarter credit is worth 10 professional development units. The first renewal must show evidence of professional development 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 professional development units or any combination of professional development units and semester/quarter college credits. Each semester credit is worth 15 professional development units and a quarter credit is worth 10 professional development units.
The first renewal must show evidence of professional development 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 professional development units or any combination of professional development units and semester/quarter college credits. Each semester credit is worth 15 professional development units and a quarter credit is worth 10 professional development 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:

Professional development units are not required. Renewal application is held within the Teach Montana (TMT) licensing system.


Renew, Update or Advance Home

Prepare Now for Your License Renewal

You can prepare for your license renewal application

Enter your professional development (PD) information into the Professional Development section of your educator record.

Enter your PD as you earn it, making your renewal application go smoother

Upload your certificates to store them in a secure location

Access your uploaded certificates from your educator record if you need them

Be ready for a renewal application audit

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 professional development 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. You can apply for renewal any time after January 1 of the year your license expires. 

Resources for Professional Development Units

Professional development unit certificate approvals and renewal unit provider questions are answered on the Professional Learning website. We request that you review the website if you have questions about topics such as: Pre-Approval Processes for OPI Renewal Unit Certificates for non-approved renewal unit activities, locating renewal unit activities and professional training, and how to navigate the process to provide OPI Renewal Units to licensed MT educators.

License Renewal FAQ's

Lapsed Licenses

My license is lapsed and I would like to teach again. How do I reinstate my license?


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


I need more professional development units. Where can I find information on professional development opportunities? Resources for Professional development:
Teacher Learning Hub
Learning Opportunities Portal

Renewal unit certificate approvals and renewal unit provider questions are answered on the Professional Learning website. We request that you review the website if you have questions about topics such as: Pre-Approval Processes for OPI Renewal Unit Certificates for non-approved renewal unit activities, locating renewal unit activities and professional training, and how to navigate the process to provide OPI Renewal Units to licensed MT educators.


 

If you have earned 60 professional development units within the past 5 years, you can apply for reinstatement of your lapsed license. Submit your reinstatement application through the Teach Montana (TMT) licensing system. You will be able to upload any required documents directly into your application.


If you have not completed 60 professional development units in the last 5 years, and have not previously held any Class 5 license you can apply for a Class 5C license. The Class 5C license will give you three years to complete the requirements for reinstatement of your full license. The Class 5 option is only available to you once during your career. Submit your Class 5C reinstatement application through the Teach Montana (TMT) licensing system. You will be able to upload any required documents directly into your application.

Adding Endorsements


 

Need More Information for Adding Endorsements or Upgrading?

The recently revised Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) have opened up more pathways to add an endorsement to a current Montana educator license.

Qualifying for an Endorsement

How do I add an endorsement?


In order to an additional endorsement may be added to a current Montana Class 1 or Class 2 teaching license, the applicant must submit verification of one of the following three pathways:

  1. Completion of a program of study, verified by the college/university where the program was completed, and
    • Passing the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the endorsement (the PRAXIS test code established by the Office of Public Instruction and approved by the Board of Public Education), or
    • A passing score on a student teaching portfolio, verified by the college/university where the portfolio was completed, or
    • A 3.00 or higher coursework Grade Point Average, verified by the college/university where the coursework was completed
  2. Completion of a degree major, minor, or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Evidence of completion of at least one of the following degrees in the area applicable to the requested endorsement (This method is not available for early childhood (P-3), elementary education (K-8), reading (K-12), English as a second language (K-12); School Administrator (Superintendent, Principal, or Supervisor); Specialist (School Psychologist or School Counselor); and initial endorsements in Special Education fields):
    • a doctorate degree;
    • a master's degree;
    • a baccalaureate degree with a major or posted minor of at least 18 semester hours in the requested endorsement area
    • a certificate for National Board of Certification for Teaching
  3. Content Area Knowledge and Teaching Experience (This method is not available for early childhood (P-3), elementary education (K-8) reading (K-12), English as a second language (K-12); School Administrator (Superintendent, Principal, or Supervisor); Specialist (School Psychologist or School Counselor); and initial endorsements in Special Education fields):
    • Evident of two years of teaching experience while appropriately licensed, and
    • Proof of a minimum passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the requested endorsement (the PRAXIS test code established by the Office of Public Instruction and approved by the Board of Public Education)
    • For categorical special education endorsements, the state-designated content test for a K-12 special education endorsement must be passed.
    • For P-3 or K-8 special education endorsements, the requirement will also include a minimum of two years of teaching experience as appropriately licensed special education educator, and the state-designated pedagogy test for secondary level to add the K-12 special education endorsement.

Adding an Endorsement

How do I add an endorsement?


Submit your application through the new licensing system: Teach Montana (TMT).

Pathway for Montana Educators to Add a Special Education Endorsement

New Information To Come

Our informational brochure is currently being updated.

Annette Young, OPI CSPD Specialist

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 a Teaching Endorsement Internship Program or with a Class 5B Provisional Teaching License. Both options allow you to teach while completing the program.

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 5B 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.

License Endorsement FAQ's