When you graduate from the teacher education program at MSU, you do not automatically receive Montana certification/licensure to teach.  To obtain this licensure, you must also complete the following:


  1. …take the PRAXIS content exam and forward the scores to the field placement and licensure office
  2. …sign the MSU Licensure Acknowledgement and submit it to the MSU Field Placement and Licensure Office
  3. …meet the State of Montana requirements for content knowledge (as calculated by the MSU FPL Office)
  4. …complete an OPI Application for Montana Teacher Licensure


After completing the above requirements, the licensure technician at MSU will provide the Montana Office of Public Instruction with a University Recommendation Form for an initial Class II Montana Teaching Certification/Licensure (standard licensure).  (You do not need to submit this form to OPI.) You will receive your licensure approximately 2 ½ months after your application reaches Helena.

The Class II Licensure is valid for five years.  The license is renewed by verifying the completion of three semester credits plus fifteen Renewal Units or four semester credits. For information and instructions regarding the renewal of your license please visit the Office of Public Instruction website.

A secondary license is valid for teaching in a subject area in the fifth through the twelfth grades. A 5-12 license will not cover a multiple-subject classroom.  The elementary license is a multiple-subject license and allows a person to teach in any grade and any subject from K-8, even in a special subject area, such as English, history, or math, but does not include library media.

Licensure/certification in states other than Montana requires the recommendation of a License/Certification/Permit Technician from the Field Placement and Licensure office at MSU.  Applications for licensure in other states can be obtained from the state department of public instruction of the state in which you wish to be certified.  Contact information for all 50 states can be found at