In Montana, prospective secondary school teachers can complete a bachelor's degree. Their training will certify them to teach subjects like mathematics, history, English, or scientific subjects.
Certification Requirements for Montana Secondary School Teachers
|Average Salary for Secondary School Teachers Montana (2016)*||$49,760 (except special education and career/technical education)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Secondary Education in area of focus|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis examination in area of focus|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Teacher Training Program
One route to secondary school teacher certification is to enroll in an approved bachelor's degree/teacher training program. The state of Montana offers ten approved teacher training programs throughout the state.
As a secondary school teacher, candidates will need to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen area of focus. Candidates have many choices for an area of focus, including history, English, scientific disciplines like biology, and mathematics. They will need to complete a student teaching assignment as part of their approved teacher training program.
Step 2: Take Certification Examination
All secondary school teaching candidates will need to take a Praxis examination in their chosen area of focus. Montana has the following certification examinations for secondary education:
- Agriculture Education: Passing score of 157
- Biology: Passing score of 151
- Business Education: Passing score of 154
- Chemistry: Passing score of 148
- Earth Science: Passing score of 151
- Economics: Passing score of 150
- English: Passing score of 167
- Family and Consumer Science: Passing score of 148
- General Science: Passing score of 152
- Geography: Passing score of 155
- Government/Political Science: Passing score of 149
- Industrial Education: Passing score of 154
- Latin: Passing score of 152
- Mathematics: Passing score of 160
- Physical Science: Passing score of 148 for the chemistry exam or passing score of 135 on the physics exam
- Physics: Passing score of 135
- Psychology: Passing score of 154
- Social Studies: Passing score of 155
- Sociology: Passing score of 154
- Theatre: Passing score of 148
- World and U.S. History: Passing score is 146
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Step 3: Pass Criminal Record Check
After completing the educational and certification requirements, candidates will need to have two criminal background checks. They will do so by having their fingerprints rolled at a private company or police agency.
The first criminal background check is for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Candidates will need to mail their completed fingerprint card and a fee of $27.75 to the Montana Department of Justice. The second criminal background check will be for their employing school district once they receive a job offer.
Step 4: Obtain Montana Teaching Credentials
The last step in the journey to becoming a secondary teacher is to take an online course offered by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana is offered at no cost to applicants.
Candidates will then need to begin the process to receive their Class 2 Standard Educator License. The Office of Public Instruction offers candidates the option to complete an electronic or hard copy application.
- Certificate showing candidates completed the online course
- Fingerprint card
- University recommendation form
- Notarized Montana educator form
- Praxis examination scores and college transcripts
Certification Resources for Montana Secondary School Teachers
Candidates on their way to becoming a secondary school teacher will need to take a Praxis subject-specific examination. The below resource for the biology examination is illustrative of the study guides available for the various subject examinations.