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Can a non-citizen be certified?

Can a non-citizen be certified as an educator in Montana?

Yes, if he or she qualifies and meets the educational requirements for licensure. The qualifications for licensure are stated in Section 20-4-104, Mont. Code Ann. which is reproduced in its entirety below.

20-4-104. Qualifications. (1) A person may be certified as a teacher when he satisfies the following qualifications: (a) He is 18 years of age or older. (b) He is of good moral and professional character. (c) He has completed the teacher education program of a unit of the Montana university system or an essentially equivalent program at an accredited institution of equal rank and standing as that of any unit of the Montana university system, and his training is evidenced by at least a bachelor's degree and a certification of the completion of the teacher education program, except as provided for in 20-4-106(1)(d). (d) He has subscribed to the following oath or affirmation before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths: "I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support The Constitution of the United States of America and The Constitution of the State of Montana." (2) Any person may be certified as a specialist when he satisfies the requirements of subsections (1)(a) and (1)(b) and the requirement for a specialist certificate provided in 20-4-106(2).

For further information contact the OPI Legal Division.

406-444-4402 Fax: 406-444-2893

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18th of February, 2010

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