April 16, 2018

Montana Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $39,832
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $34,190

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Montana schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary considerably depending on grade level and subject areas. You will need to complete a Montana-approved teacher preparation program. For a discussion of approved programs, see this Web site:
Montana Education Preparation Programs
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


No test for basic skills is required For teacher certification in Montana.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Montana has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Montana Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Montana for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Montana Office of Public Instruction about teacher certification at this address:
The Montana Office of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, Montana 59620-2501

Or you can call at (406) 444.3095 or 1 (888) 231-9393 (toll free) .
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Montana teacher certification process:

Montana Board of Public Education
Montana Educator Licensure