How to Become a Teacher in Montana: Teacher Certification

How to Become a Teacher in Montana: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Montana. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

For data on teaching salaries in Montana, please see here.

Traditional Approach for the Montana Teacher Certification

  1. Have or earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college.
  2. Successfully complete a supervised teaching experience either as part of an accredited professional educator preparation program or successfully complete one year of teaching experience in a state accredited elementary and/or secondary school district.
  3. Submit fingerprints and background check. $34 fee payable to Montana Department of Justice.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • $36 Check/Money Order payable to Montana Office of Public Instruction
    • Mail to:
      Educator Licensure Program
      Montana Office of Public Instruction
      P.O. Box 202501
      Helena, MT 59520-2501
      (406) 444-3150
  5. Do you want to renew your Montana Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Montana Teacher Certification

Alternatively, you can earn the Montana Teaching Certification to teach in Montana before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Have or earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college
  2. $24 fee payable to Montana office of Public Instruction
  3. Submit fingerprints and background check, as well as official transcripts
  4. Fill out and complete the Alternative Teaching License Forum
  5. Be hired by the Montana school district to earn semester credits
  6. Mail to:
    Educator Licensure Program
    Montana Office of Public Instruction
    P.O. Box 202501
    Helena, MT 59520-2501
    (406) 444-3150


  1. Montana Office of Public Instruction,

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