Licensure Processing Procedures
Contact: Jennifer Burns, 657-2293
Access the appropriate state department of education web page, print out, and complete the required licensure application documents.
Submit. For mailed submissions, mail to : MSU Billings, Attention: Jennifer Burns, Licensure Officer, COE, Rm. 278, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101
Beginning in the spring of 2013, teacher candidates completing an accredited Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) program in Montana must meet the content knowledge requirements described below to be recommended for licensure/endorsement. This policy is the result of ongoing dialogue and consensus between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Montana Council of Deans. This policy ensures consistency across state programs. It also assures Montana school districts that Montana teacher candidates meet the federal Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements for Montana, as defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001 and the Montana Board of Public Education requirements.
Teacher candidates must earn at least 7 points on the Montana Assessment for Content Knowledge prior to recommendation for licensure/endorsement by an accredited Montana EPP. The possible range for the Content Knowledge Score (CKS) is 0-10. Teacher candidates earning fewer than 7 CKS points or who score zero on any of the three rubric components shall not be recommended for licensure/endorsement. For candidates who receive a score of 1* on rubric components 1, 2, or 3, each Montana EPP will conduct a further individualized review of the candidate’s content knowledge and teaching skills, based on established policy, to ensure that the candidate merits recommendation for licensure/endorsement. This multiple measure assessment consists of content coursework GPA, an assessment of content knowledge demonstrated during student teaching, and a qualifying score on the Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II Content Knowledge) test.
Elementary education candidates and most Secondary and K-12 teaching majors and minors require a Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II Tests) subject (content) exam prior to licensure. The established Montana score requirement(s) must be met for a licensure recommendation to the Montana Office of Public Instruction or any other state’s licensure unit. Elementary and Secondary and K-12 major candidates are required to obtain a qualifying score on the Praxis exam in both the teaching major(s) and teaching minor(s) before a licensure recommendation is made.
The COE Licensure Official will process out-of-state applications. Access (via the state’s department of education web page) the necessary documents. Once the documents have been printed and completed, submit the page(s) that require the MSU Billings seal and/or signatures to COE Room 278 or mail to Jennifer Burns, Licensure Officer.
Most states require the candidate to mail all applicable papers and documentation in one complete package.
Know the state’s particular licensing requirements and provide the applicable documentation, including fingerprinting and criminal background checks.
Most states require licensing exams, such as Praxis II. Research the testing requirements in advance of application.
Applications for teacher licensure and endorsements must be reviewed and receive approval by the Licensure Officer prior to the institutional recommendation and final consideration by the State Licensure Unit in Helena, Montana or any other state’s department of education. The licensure unit in each state’s Department of Education is responsible for final consideration and approval.
Criminal background reports can only be redisseminated to a Montana public school or school district or a unit of the Montana University System. Criminal background reports cannot be redisseminated to the Office of Public Instruction or across state lines. Redisseminations can be made only upon receipt of the fingerprint redissemination request form and the CBR cannot be older than 24 months.
To obtain a criminal background report for Montana's Office of Public Instruction educator licensure application process, please follow the instructions on how to initiate your fingerprint background check on the OPI website, Educator Licensure tab, Application Materials link.
Praxis Requirement Information
- Praxis Information (PDF)
- State Test Requirements
- Praxis Passing Scores by Test and State
- Praxis Overview
State Department of Education websites