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Montana Teacher Certification Out-of-State

Whether your spouse gets a job offer in another state, or you just find yourself in the middle of a move across state lines, you will not want to let your teaching license go. If you move to Montana, you'll find that there are a few additional requirements necessary to keep your license.

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As of 2018, Montana does not have reciprocity for a teacher's license with any other states. In order to become a licensed Montana teacher, you will still need to complete several requirements. Let's take a look at that route now.

Requirements for Teachers in Montana

Average Salary for Teachers Montana (2017)* $28,860 (Preschool)
$50,040 (Kindergarten)
$52,610 (Elementary School)
$53,910 (Middle School)
$51,290 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Any
Testing Requirements Praxis Content Knowledge exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Become Certified

Whatever state you currently reside in, you'll need to have full teacher certification. This typically means you'll have to have completed a bachelor's degree program with an educator preparation program (sometimes called teacher-preparation program or teacher-education program). You will also have to meet all state licensure requirements. This often includes a background check (this is apart from the one Montana requires that we will discuss later) and state testing exams. Some states require several exams, and some states, such as California, Illinois, and New York, have their own set of assessments outside of the often-recognized Praxis exams.

Step 2: Apply

When you apply, you'll need to use the Class 2 license application, as this can stand in for those with an out-of-state certification. Along with this, you'll need to include a copy of your current teaching license (from your state), transcripts, a licensure fee, and a recommendation from your alma mater. The recommendation letter must include information about your completed teacher-preparation program and student-teaching completion. It must also explain your current endorsement qualifications.

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Step 3: Complete Additional Requirements

Along with the EPP and other courses, you'll need to complete the Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana online course. This can be taken through the Teacher Learning Hub. It is a free course and is self-paced. To access the Teacher Learning Hub through the Montana Office of Public Instruction, first register for an account.

You will also have to complete the Praxis exams for your endorsement. Though you may have taken exams for your initial certification, Montana wants to make sure you meet the state standards that the Praxis exam requires. For more information on things such as scoring requirements, check out the Praxis website.

Step 4: Complete Background Checks

Montana requires all prospective students to submit a set of fingerprints and get a background check. You will need to go to a local fingerprinting agency or law enforcement office to have manual fingerprinting cards made up. You are advised to get two sets of fingerprints made, in case one is smudged or defective. Also required is a $27.25 check made out to the Montana Department of Justice. Send all this in to have your background check run by the DOJ. It is important to note that the Office of Public Instruction is not going to run the background check.

Certification Resources for Teachers in Montana

You'll want all the access to study guides and test preparation materials you can find. For the Praxis exams in Montana, we've got you covered.

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