Montana Teacher Education Programs

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Montana Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in Montana. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in Montana, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


Education is the backbone of the United States, but it can be difficult for children in states like Montana to get the education they need. Montana is very sparsely populated, which means that it can be difficult to recruit teachers and to adequately spread them out amongst the many school districts of the state.

Furthermore, expectations for teachers are evolving. State legislators recently approved a move to increase the use of technology in classrooms.

If you are ready to become part of the future of education in Montana, keep reading to find out more about teaching programs in Montana.

Teacher Education in Montana

Perhaps you are coming to the field of education after already earning a degree in another area, or maybe this is your first venture into higher education. The type of degree you earn is dependent on your prior education. If you already have a Bachelor's degree in a subject that may be relevant to teaching, you may be able to get your license more quickly with a Master's degree or an alternative certification program. If you have not yet earned a Bachelor's degree, you can get one by studying elementary education, secondary education, or special education.

Coursework tends to be fairly rigorous in teaching, as you have to become well-versed in teaching techniques, childhood development, subject areas taught in schools, and the legal aspect of public education. A typical curriculum for a secondary education program often includes courses like Secondary Pedagogy, Students with Disabilities, Content Methods in Teaching, Reading and Writing in Content Areas, and Classroom Management Techniques. Throughout your training, your program may send you into the classroom to develop your skills and classroom confidence.

Each year, you may be able to explore different financial aid options. Beyond school aid and government aid, there are also private options, such as the Jim McGarvey Scholarship.

Teaching Careers in Montana

Though Montana may be more sparsely populated than many other states, it still has an active teaching community. You may become part of it by joining a group like the Montana Education Association, which has a goal of connecting new and experienced teachers for the benefit of the teaching field.

Job growth statistics differ a bit between teaching jobs; O*Net reports an expected 9% increase in elementary teaching jobs and a 2% increase in secondary teaching jobs through the year 2022 (O*Net).

Salaries for Montana Teachers (2015)
  • Elementary: $46,720 per year
  • Secondary: $49,110 per year
  • Post-Secondary: $54,280 per year
Statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS 2015)

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