At the MSU Department of Education, we offer a number of different paths to becoming a teacher.

Are you a prospective undergraduate student or student already enrolled at MSU?

C&I undergraduate programs at Montana State University lead to initial teacher certification and are generally organized around programs in Elementary Education (Grades K-8) and Secondary Education (Grades 5-12). Elementary and secondary teacher education programs at Montana State University are accredited by the State of Montana and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
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Have you already graduated from college with an undergraduate degree and now seeking a career as a teacher?

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in a teachable major and do not currently have Licensure, you may enroll in the University Teacher Certification program (Northern Plains Transition to Teaching NPTT or Teacher Certification). This will lead you to State Licensure granted through the state OPI office and enable you to begin teaching at the K-12 level.
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If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in a teachable major, have Licensure and have 3 or more years of teaching experience you may apply to our Curriculum and Instruction Masters Program. We offer three options for people interested in the following fields: Technology Education, Education Researcher and Professional Educator.
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If you wish to teach at higher education institutions, you will need to earn both Bachelor and Master degrees from the department of your content of expertise to become an adjunct professor. To become a professor you will need a subsequent Ph.D. from the same department. Please contact the department of your expertise for more information.