As with all professions, specialized training is a prerequisite to specialized practice. However, because of a critical shortage of qualified teacher candidates in some content areas within Montana, the Board of Public Education (BPE) and Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) in cooperation with Montana State University(MSU), has developed a Teaching Endorsement Internship Program.

The program relies on Montana school district personnel to recommend candidates and contribute ongoing support and a Field Supervisor. Candidates are then requested to complete an internship through the MSU Field Placement & Licensure Office (FPLO). The internship must be completed within three years.


  • Current Class 2 or 1 Montana Teaching License.
  • Three (3) years verifiable teaching experience in a public school setting.
  • School District Verification of teacher contract, or pending contract.

How to Apply for the BPE Internship Program

Applications are accepted in the fall.  Deadline date is September 1st.  Prior to applying for the BPE Internship, we ask that you contact our Post Baccalaureate Specialist, Jamie O'Callaghan,, who will guide you through the process.   We do not accept applications until potential interns complete this procedure  with our Post Baccalaureate Specialist.