What is the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program?

  • Masters level teacher preparation program leading to secondary teacher licensure (also known as teaching certificate or teaching credential – sorry, we do not offer an elementary licensure program)
  • Earn your Teaching Certificate in two years
  • Allows participants the flexibility to enter the classroom as contract, salaried teachers in the second year of the program (Paid Intern Option)
  • Accredited and recognized by the State of Montana and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

The Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program is designed to:

  • Provide an affordable route to teacher licensure for career professionals who are interested in a transitioning into the classroom seamlessly from prior careers
  • Serving worldwide audiences
  • Provide a high quality, compact, 100 % distance (online) program to well qualified candidates

Candidates for the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program:

  • Have earned at least a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in one of Montana State University's Teachable Subject areas (TEPP) with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (we are unable to accommodate lower GPA’s)
  • Have a proven career track record
  • Demonstrated capacity and the willingness to engage in serious, concentrated study and preparation in order to move rapidly through this demanding, highly concentrated course of study