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Application Materials for Montana Administrators


Requirements for Montana Class 3 Administrator – Superintendent and Principal Endorsements

I. Superintendent:

There are two pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 3 Superintendent licensure (per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.413 and 10.57.414). One of the pathways must be met:

  • Traditional: Completion of a professional educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university.Each of the following must also be met:
    1. Completion and verification of an education specialist, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 or a master’s degree in education leadership from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Completion and verification of a minimum of 18 semester graduate credits in a school superintendent preparation program, of which 12 must be beyond the master’s degree in education leadership.
    3. Verification of a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience as an appropriately licensed teacher.
    4. Verification of 1 year successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.

    OR

  • Non-traditional: Completion of a non-traditional educator preparation program along with acurrent, standard, unrestricted out-of-state administrator license. AND
    1. Verification of 5 years of successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.

All applicants must complete: Three semester credits of college coursework in each of the following: Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law.

Additionally, prior to licensure, all applicants must: Complete the free, on-line course, “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application at: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/SSO/Login/Login.aspx
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Traditional:

    Non-Traditional:

  4. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  5. Submit the original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.
  6. Send a copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license (if applicable) electronically to cert@mt.gov or mail.

Mail all hard copy documents to:
Montana Office of Public Instructions
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

*Note: If you meet all requirements but have:

  • Not completed the specific Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law college coursework; OR
  • Hold an unrestricted, expired out-of-state administrator license.
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited collegeor university, within the past 5 years.

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 3 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as a superintendent while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to 3 years from date of issuance.

Applicants required to complete coursework other than Montana school law, Montana school finance and Montana collective bargaining and employment law are not eligible for a Class 5 provisional license, but may enroll in an internship program.

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150

Paper Application: If you chose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 3 Administrator’s License -Superintendent paper application

II. Principal:

There are two pathways to meeting Montana’s requirements for Class 3 Principal licensure (per Administrative Rules of Montana 10.57.413 and 10.57.415-417). One of the pathways must be met:

  • Traditional: Completion of a professional educator preparation program which is accredited by NCATE, CAEP, or is a state approved program from a regionally accredited college or university. Each of the following must also be met:
    1. Completion and verification of a master’s degree in educational leadership from anaccredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 or amaster’s degree related to education from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Completion and verification of an accredited professional educator preparation program as defined in ARM 10.57.102 and aligned with endorsement request for either elementary, secondary or K-12 principals.
    3. Completion of three semester credits of college courses in Montana school law, including special education law.
    4. Verification of a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience with a standard, unrestricted license as an appropriately licensed teacher.

      OR

  • Non-traditional: Completion of a non-traditional principal program and a current, standard, unrestricted out-of-state administrator license. AND
    1. Verification of 5 years of successful administrative experience while appropriately licensed and assigned.

All applicants must complete: Three semester credits of college coursework in Montana school law.

Additionally, prior to licensure, all applicants must: Complete the free, on-line course, “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application at: https://apps3.opi.mt.gov/SSO/Login/Login.aspx
  2. Supplemental forms to the online application; must be submitted by mail unless otherwise noted and received by OPI before your application can be processed:
  3. Traditional:

    Non-Traditional:

  4. Official transcripts may be sent electronically from the college or university to cert@mt.gov or mailed.
  5. Submit the original completion certificate for “An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana”.
  6. Copy of your valid, unexpired out-of-state teaching license (if applicable) electronically to cert@mt.gov or mail.

Mail all hard copy documents to:
Montana Office of Public Instructions
Attn. Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620

*Note: If you meet all requirements but have:

  • Not completed the specific Montana School Law college coursework; OR
  • Hold an unrestricted, expired out-of-state administrator license.
    AND
  • Have not earned 6 semester credits of college coursework from a regionally accredited collegeor university, within the past 5 years;

Utilize this same application link, the system will automatically convert your Class 3 application to a Class 5 provisional license. The provisional license allows you to be employed in Montana as an administrator while completing the outstanding requirements. This license is valid for a period of up to 3 years from date of issuance.

Applicants required to complete coursework other than Montana school law are not eligible for a Class 5 provisional license, but may enroll in an internship program.

Questions: Please call us at 406-444-3150

Paper Application: If you chose to apply with this application, all forms within this application must be completed and returned before your application will be processed.

Class 3 Administrator’s License – Principal paper application