Become a teacher in Montana with an Alternative Certification Program

Thirty-something professionals who want to transition into the teaching field will find themselves in good company in Montana.

According to data compiled by the National Center for Alternative Certification, the average age of students enrolled in Montana's alternative certification programs was 35 in 2010.

You'll find the most plentiful job opportunities in rural areas. That's where the NCAC reports 72 percent of the state's alternatively licensed teachers are working; 30 percent teach in suburban districts.

Alternative licensure in Montana is achieved through what the state calls a Class Five license. This option is for candidates with a bachelor's degree in an endorsable area who need to complete an approved teacher preparation program. Applicants for a Class Five license must sign a Plan of Professional Intent agreeing to complete appropriate teacher training within three years. The Class Five license is non-renewable.

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The primary vehicle for alternative teacher preparation is the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program through Montana State University at Bozeman. In addition to a bachelor's degree, this compacted program requires five years of professional work experience. It is only available to candidates seeking certification at the secondary level.

NTPP offers condensed teacher training courses at times that fit the schedules of working professionals. All classes are online so candidates need not live near the university. The program also includes a teaching practicum.

The NTPP program takes about two years to complete and costs approximately $7500. Certification is available in a wide variety of subjects, including English, math, science and foreign languages.

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