If you’re looking to become a teacher in Montana but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, the Class 5 Teaching Certificate option is available in Montana to expedite the typical four-year process of becoming a teacher. Here is a look at what the program is all about and what you need to know to apply.
Program Mission and Overview
This teaching certification program is for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in another area and would like to become teachers.
Prospective teachers are able to use this certificate to teach in a Montana classroom while they complete the coursework requirements necessary to become a fully licensed teacher.
Candidates complete a specific Plan of Study at an approved institution.
Programs vary in their requirements. Generally, elementary teaching certificate programs require 60 credits of academic courses and additional professional preparation courses. Secondary education typically requires 30 semester credits in a specific content area and six credits of education coursework.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates should already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. This program requires candidates to complete coursework in a Plan of Study, so applicants must apply through an approved institution that offers this certification track.
The costs of completing this level of certification in Montana vary depending on the institution through which candidates choose to complete the program.