Secondary Education Licensure Program

The application to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must be completed online in Submittable (see link below). Please note that the deadline for applications submitted in autumn 2022 for a spring 2023 start in the TEP will be due on September 15, 2022.

Teaching Grade 5 through Grade 12:

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking licensure to teach at the middle and high school level complete a teaching major (and/or minor) in a specific content area, in addition to the secondary licensure requirements.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program:

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking licensure must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Admission to the TEP is required before students may enroll in licensure (EDU) courses. Admission is limited to approximately 125 elementary and 125 secondary candidates per year, with a limit of 12 students per content area per semester.

  • Application deadlines for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are September 15th and February 15th.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the University of Montana (undergrad or post-baccalaureate);
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester credits;
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including transfer credits) of 2.75;
  • Achieved a 2.75 GPA in your teaching Major Core Courses;
  • Completed an English composition course (WRIT 101) with a grade of C- or better;
  • Evidence of competent writing ability as provided in the application writing sample;
  • Appropriate experience working with children or youth;
  • Recommendations from two faculty members familiar with the applicant’s college-level academic work (one of these recommendations must be from a faculty member in the applicant’s major department);
  • Demonstration of effective communication skills via a group interview;
  • Completion of a national fingerprint-based background check (background check packets are available at Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education).

We recommend students apply to the TEP at the end of their sophomore or beginning of their junior year, when at least half of the teaching major course requirements have been completed (or are in-progress). Once admitted to the TEP, students will have an academic advisor within the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program Process

Teacher Education Program Application

TEP Application Rubrics

The Teacher Education Policy Handbook is currently under revision.

Teaching majors, minors, and endorsements offered at UM:

When selecting a teaching career path, students should keep in mind the value of earning licensure in multiple fields, especially those in high demand, to increase their employment opportunities. Academic advisors can respond to trends in teacher supply demand, as can the office of Experiential Learning and Career Success.

Teaching major/minor course requirements are linked below. Please note that some majors require a second major and/or minor. All areas lead to licensure for grades 5-12 unless noted otherwise.

Teaching Endorsements

These content areas require a teaching major:

Early Childhood Education 
English as a Second Language (K-12)
Reading (K-12)
Special Education (K-12)
Library Media (K-12)

Licensure and Testing Requirements  

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 EPPs. 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 the Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge test (5018). Click here for a pdf of the multiple measure assessment. Testing requirements vary by content area. Please visit Teacher Education Services for a list of current required state-approved tests if you are completing a program other than elementary education.

Contact Us

Department of Teaching and Learning
2nd Floor - Teacher Education Services
kathy.schneider@mso.umt.edu 
406-243-4846