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Montana Class 5 Teaching Certificate

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.

Financial Information

  • The costs of completing this level of certification in Montana vary depending on the institution through which candidates choose to complete the program.
  • Those who pursue certification in a designated shortage area may qualify for federal student loan forgiveness.

Learn more about how to become a teacher in Montana.