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


Renew License

 

Please consider waiting to renew your license once the new system goes live on June 1, 2022!

 

Renewal Reminder: Per ARM 10.57.215(1) the renewal units/professional development you submit need to be dated during your current license term.


There are 2 options for submitting license renewal applications during this transition phase:

  1. Starting January 1, 2022 you can mail the complete 2-page paper application and payment to:
    • Montana Office of Public Instruction
      Attn. Educator Licensure
      PO Box 202501
      Helena, MT 59620
  2. Starting June 1, 2022 you can submit your online renewal application.

Any renewal units or college/university credits you previously entered into the Professional Development section in MSEIS will be transferred to the new system as part of your State educator record. Be sure to keep your original renewal unit certificates in case your renewal application is audited when you apply for your license renewal.

Exceptions:

  • If your license expired 06/30/2020 or before, you will not be able to apply for a license renewal. Refer to Lapsed Licenses in the menu below.
  • 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.     
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 Unit 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.

Need More Information for Renewals?

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. 

Resources for Renewal Units

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.

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 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

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 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 Endorsements or Upgrading


 

Need More Information for Adding Endorsements or Upgrading?

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 to add an endorsement. You will need to submit a transcript (official paper or electronic) and the college or university will need to send in the completed University Recommendation form.

Send an email to cert@mt.gov to notify the Licensure Specialists that you will be sending us your official transcripts and University Recommendation to add this new endorsement to your current license.

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 to add an endorsement. You will need to submit a transcript (official paper or electronic) and the college or university will need to send in the completed University Recommendation form.

Send an email to cert@mt.gov to notify the Licensure Specialists that you will be sending us your official transcripts and University Recommendation to add this new endorsement to your current license.

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 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 Provisional license to full licensure you will need to submit an Upgrade Application, official 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, and once all the requirements on your Professional Plan of Intent have been fulfilled. If you do not complete your teacher preparation program within 3 years your Class 5 license will lapse and it cannot be renewed.

We are currently updating the Class 5 Upgrade Application and do not have one available online. Please send an email to cert@mt.gov requesting a Class 5 Upgrade Application, and let us know which license you will be upgrading to, i.e., Class 2 Standard, Class 3 Professional, etc., so that we can send you the correct supplemental forms with the application.

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 Class 2 to Class 1 License Application, submit official transcripts of your master’s degree to cert@mt.gov, and submit the completed Verification of Teaching Experience form (3 years of teaching experience are required for a Class 1 license). See application and form for full instructions.

License Endorsement FAQ's