The Montana OPI is upgrading the Montana Educator Information System (MSEIS) to a more efficient, user-friendly licensing system. To ensure transfer of a complete set of data, applicants will need to utilize paper applications beginning January 1, 2022.

Applications cannot be submitted online at this time

Preparing your full application documents

  1. Determine which educator license application you will be submitting
  2. Review the documentation checklist provided for your application (see all license class application checklists at the bottom of this page)
  3. Print out and complete all supplemental documents for your application and have them ready to submit with your paper application

Adding an Endorsement to your current license

Your college or university must complete a University Recommendation form verifying you have completed the requirements for the additional endorsement. You will also need to submit official transcripts or have the college/university send them directly to cert@mt.gov. For additional information see the License Endorsements section of our website.

Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

If you have completed the required professional development, you can apply to reinstate your license. To apply, complete the Reinstatement Application, a new fingerprint background check (follow the instructions page to send to the MT DOJ, complete the supplement and upload it to your MSEIS record), and include your original supporting documents when you mail your application. For additional information see the Lapsed License section of our website.

If you have not completed the required professional development and you have not held a Class 5 license in the past, you may qualify for the Class 5 Reinstatement. For additional information see the Lapsed License section of our website.

Upgrading your current license

Complete the correct Upgrade Application following the checklist within the application.

Upgrade from Class 2 to Class 1

Upgrade from Class 5 to Full Licensure: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 6

For additional information see the License Upgrade section of our website.

Class 1 Professional Teaching License Application Checklist

Documents you need to send out to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

  • Fingerprint background check: submit fingerprint cards and fee to the Montana Department of Justice
  • Verification of Teaching Experience form: Complete top section and send to your employer(s) for completion. You will need to upload this once it is returned to you
  • Out-of-State License History: complete the top section and send to the licensure official in the state(s) that you have previously been licensed in. You will need to upload this once it is returned to you
  • University Recommendation form: complete the top section and send to the Institution where you finished your educator preparation program for completion. You will need to upload this once it is returned to you

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your Praxis test results
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 2 Standard Teaching License Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

  • Fingerprint background check: submit fingerprint cards and fee to the Montana Department of Justice
  • Out-of-State License History: complete the top section and send to the licensure official in the state(s) that you have previously been licensed in. You will need to upload this once it is returned to you
  • University Recommendation form: complete the top section and send to the Institution where you finished your educator preparation program for completion. You will need to upload this once it is returned to you
  • If you completed an Alternative Route (not through a University) for licensure:
    • Verification of Teaching Experience: complete the top section and send to your previous employer(s) for completion (you will need to provide 5 years of teaching experience)

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's (if applicable) and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your Praxis test results
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 3 Administrative License - Special Education Supervisor Application Checklist

Documents you need to send out to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 3 Administrative License - Superintendent Application Checklist

Documents you need to send out to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 3 Administrative License - Principal Application Checklist

Documents you need to send out to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 3 Administrative License - Supervisor Application Checklist

Documents you need to send out to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement
  • Your signed renewal unit certificate of completion for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana” (link goes to the Learning Hub)
  • Copy of your valid out-of-state teaching and/or administrative license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of your valid National Board Certificate (if applicable)

Class 5 Provisional License Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your application:

Class 6 Specialist School Counselor Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

Class 6 Specialist School Psychologist Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

Class 7 American Indian Language and Culture Specialist Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

Class 8 Dual Credit Only Post-Secondary Faculty Application Checklist

Documents you need to send to be completed by an entity other than the OPI:

Documents you need to complete and mail in with your paper application:

  • Official transcripts: request your official transcripts for your bachelor's and master's and from all Institutions you have attended
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Syllabi
  • Course examples of assignments/projects
  • Notary Page: recite the oath in the presence of a licensed notary and sign the notary page
  • Complete the Fingerprint Background Check Supplement