Montana Library Teacher Certification

If you have a passion for reading and teaching, you could combine those passions in a career as a library media teacher. The state of Montana has several educational institutions you can choose from to start your journey to becoming one.

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As a librarian, you will not only assist students with reference materials, but also provide instruction on how to utilize technology resources in the learning process. Montana requires that you obtain an education-related degree with a minor in library media and pass two certification exams.

Certification Requirements for Montana Library Teachers

Average Salary for Librarians in Montana (2016)* $49,130
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education-related major with a minor in library media
Testing Requirements Praxis Subject Assessment for chosen education major and Praxis Library Media Specialist

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements

You can complete a bachelor's-degree-level approved educator program in order to become a library teacher. Of the nine approved educator programs in Montana, you will be able to choose from four that offer library media.

For this career, you will need to complete a bachelor's degree in the education field of your choice, as well as a minor in library media. By doing so, you will be able to apply for a Montana teaching license with an endorsement in library media. You can take courses covering areas like information literacy, cataloging methods, youth literature, and implementation and assessment of a library media program. You will also need to complete a student teaching practicum.

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Step 2: Pass Praxis Test

If you are pursuing a career in library media, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge on the Praxis Subject Assessment that corresponds to the education field of your choice. You will also need to take the Library Media Specialist endorsement test (Grades K-12). This test has 120 selected-response questions on topics like collection development, access to information and delivery, and program administration. You will need a score of 150 to pass this test.

Step 3: Criminal Background Check Process

The next step in your journey to becoming a librarian is to be fingerprinted for a criminal record check. Both local police agencies and private companies offer fingerprinting services. Once you have a completed fingerprint card, you will mail it to the Montana Office of Public Instruction. You will also need to include a check for $27.75.

After receiving a job offer, you will need to get a second fingerprint card completed. This background check will be for your employing school district.

Step 4: Apply for Montana Teaching License

After completing the above steps, you will need to complete a free, online course entitled An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana. This is the last step before you can apply for your Class 2 Standard Educator License.

All teaching licenses in Montana required a completed online or hard copy application through the Office of Public Instruction. You will also need to mail several documents to the office:

  • Fingerprint card
  • Proof of completion of the online course
  • Montana Teacher Oath Notary Form
  • University Recommendation Form
  • Official college transcripts and proof of passing Praxis test scores (can also be sent via email to cert@mt.gov)
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