Becoming a teacher in Montana involves having a bachelor's degree and completing a teacher preparation program. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may just need to earn certifications by completing endorsement or certification programs.
Alternatively, you may wish to earn a master's degree in the educational field of your choice. Whichever path you wish to pursue, you'll be able to find just the right program in Montana. What Montana may lack in schools, they more than make up for in program options.
The federal work-study program allows students to earn a wage at a job available on campus. Schools have applications and deadlines for awarding student aid. The school of preference has information available through its Financial Aid Office
The 66th Montana Legislature invested in student access by approving two million dollars in state aid for those in financial need when it is matched by private donations from campus foundations across the Montana University System.
With some exceptions, in-state tuition status follows 12 months of continuous domicile in Montana. The 12-month period does not begin until a person takes one or more of the following steps that indicate intent to be a Montana resident. They include:
In addition to the indicators listed above, seeking in-state status requires filing a resident Montana income tax form and supplementing documentation supporting financial independence. If none of the indicators above are appropriate, a person can seek in-state status by filing an affidavit of intention to establish residency. Other actions that clearly indicate intent to establish residency may be considered. Those granted in-state status must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with residency in Montana.
The Extended University at MSU offers various options in online programs, including a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and various master degree programs. Online master degree programs in curriculum studies, music education and educational leadership are offered at the University of Montana. MSU-Billing offers online master degree programs in educational technology, special education advanced and special education generalist.
According to the National Education Association, teachers in Montana earn wages lower than the national average as of 2012. Advancing education and earning as many certifications as possibly can be beneficial to teachers. Montana State University offers several doctoral degree programs for students that want to teach in higher education or work in research.
MSU-Billings offers an associate degree program in program of study in education to prepare students for para-educator positions or acts as a stepping stone into a bachelor degree teaching program. Post baccalaureate endorsements in reading, school counseling and special education (K-12) are also offered at MSU-Billings as well as post masters endorsements in reading and special education.
>Montana State University and Carroll College both have bachelor degree programs with majors like elementary education, secondary education and K-12 education. Rocky Mountain College has a large variety of teacher preparation programs for students seeking initial licensure as teachers. In addition to majors in art education, elementary education, English education, psychology education, history education, and physical education and health, RMC also offers minors in art, biology, English, history, physical education and political science, among others.
Montana State University – Billings has bachelor degree programs in elementary and secondary education. These programs offer a licensure option or a double major with both license and endorsements in either reading or special education (K-12). The bachelor degree programs offer more than a dozen minors. Students in baccalaureate programs must complete not only coursework but also practicum courses, student teaching and internships. A variety of bachelor degree programs with majors and minors can also be found at the University of Montana Western.
Montana State University offers master degree programs in adult and higher education; educational leadership; and curriculum and instruction. The adult and higher education offers concentrations in higher education, student affairs, and adult education while the curriculum and instruction program offers educational research, technology education, and the professional educator. Rocky Mountain College offers a master degree in educational leadership program that includes on-campus and online studies.
Graduates of this accelerated 11-month program can apply for licensure as principals or superintendents. The Master of Science in Special Education program at MSU-Billings offers students either a generalist option for P-12 endorsement or an advanced studies option. The Master of Education program they offer includes concentrations in curriculum and instruction; educational technology; interdisciplinary studies (special education); interdisciplinary studies (theory and practice); reading or school counseling.