The OPI Special Education Endorsement Project

Have you considered becoming a special education teacher and adding a special education endorsement to your current Montana teaching license? If so, the Montana Office of Public Instruction has a program that may benefit you as you pursue your career goal. The Special Education Endorsement Project is designed to support a candidate teaching in a Montana public K-12 school/district or special education cooperative as a paid special education intern, while attending a Montana higher education institute to obtain their endorsement in special education. The Endorsement Project is a reimbursable program wherein a candidate who is admitted to the project pays their university expenses up front and can submit for reimbursement at the end of a successful semester during their 3-year internship status.

 

Please see the link for more information regarding the requirements, eligibility, and application for the OPI Special Education Endorsement Project. https://www.msubillings.edu/coe/opi/

 

Contact Annette Viciedo Young for more information regarding the Special Education Endorsement Project at ayoung3@mt.govor 406-444-0299.


OPI Staff are here to help:

Meet the Special Education Team

General Information for Special Education, Meetings and Events: Kelley Brown,   406-444-5661

      Contracts and Payments: Ty House, 406-444-2504

School Improvement Supports
Unit Manager John Gorton, 406-459-4281
School Improvement Specialist Mercee Cislo, 406-437-2369
School Improvement Specialist Alicia Herman, 406-438-1363
School Improvement Specialist Katie Mattingley, 406-437-3874
School Improvement Specialist Chris McCrea, 406-444-3864
School Improvement Specialist Desiree Johnson, 406-431-1081
Early Childhood Education
Early Learning Specialist, Special Education Preschool Lucy Beltz
   
Additional Supports
Early Assistance Program & Dispute Resolution Mandi Gibbs, 406-444-5664
Paralegal Angie Griner, 406-444-2046
Continuing Education, Stipend Programs Annette Viciedo Young, 406-444-0299

 

Continuing Education and Technical Assistance
Unit Manager  Tammy Lysons, 406-431-2309
Montana Autism Education Program  Doug Doty, 406-459-5303
GT/MTSS Program Support Specialist Jenny Jarvis
Program Support Specialist Anne Carpenter, 406-465-0922
   
Data Systems and Reporting
IDEA Part B Data Manager  Danni McCarthy, 406-594-3610
AIM Special Education Data System, Behavior Data Shara Blair, 406-444-0685
   
Administration
State Special Education Director  Danni McCarthy, 406-594-3610
Fiscal Management