NPTT Admissions

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are the classes all online?
Does tuition expense depend on residency in Montana?
Can you make substitutions for classes on the Teacher Education Preparation Program (TEPP) forms?
When do I pay for the program?
Can I receive financial aid for the classes?
What are beginning salaries for teachers in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming?
How long do I have to find a job after being accepted into the program?
Could my spouse or significant other also go through the program?
How many classes are taken at a time?
How long does each class last?
Can I transfer in other education classes?
Can I get my master's degree in education?
What teaching license will I have when I complete the program?
Will this license have transferability with other states?
Can I pick where I get placed?
Can I do my Internship teaching in a state other than MT, SD or WY?
Do I have to send all of the application in at one time?
Do I need official transcripts from every college/university I attended?
What is an official transcript?
If I know I am interested in pursuing the M.Ed., do I need to have taken the GRE before I can apply to the NPTT program?
Do I have to move to Bozeman to take the classes?
If I have already had education classes, will I still have to take all of the classes?
If I am not a citizen, may I still enter the program?

Are the classes all online?

Yes, so you will need to have a computer system with relatively recent word processing software (MS Word or Google Docs), a browser that are capable of interfacing with the Desire2Learn course management software (additional information available here), and reliable access to an internet connection.

You will also need to be relatively technically competent to engage in, and successfully complete our online courses.TOP

Does tuition expense depend on residency in Montana?

No, the tuition is a flat rate per credit (i.e. no difference between resident and non-resident costs, current cost is $350.00 per credit hour).
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Can you make substitutions for classes on the Teacher Education Preparation Program (TEPP) forms?

Yes, if the class you are wishing to substitute covers the same general information. See the TEPP forms here for information on what is required for each endorsement area. TOP

When do I pay for the program?

As you register for each class. TOP

Can I receive financial aid for the classes?

Yes. Many of our participants have applied for FAFSA and have been awarded financial aid. To be eligible for federal financial aid you must be registered for a minimum of six credits during the academic semester(s) you are requesting financial aid for. Please refer to the section on this website entitled "Financial Aid". TOP

What are beginning salaries for teachers in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming?

Each school district negotiates its own pay scale with the state teachers union, so it is hard to give a concise answer. Additionally, some districts are more or less willing to "bump" new teachers up on the scale based on teaching related experience they may have. Comprehensive information on teacher salaries (2006-2007 data), to include average starting salaries, can be found at http://aft.org/salary/index.htm. Also keep in mind that holding a master’s degree increases annual salary approximately $2,000/year on average (in Montana). TOP

How long do I have to find a job after being accepted into the program?

You will need to find at least .5 FTE or greater employment in a school teaching within your endorsement area, or apply to student teach in order to complete the NPTT licensure program. You are given three years to complete this requirement. TOP

Could my spouse or significant other also go through the program?

Yes, as long as they meet our admission requirements. However, there is no guarantee that you will be hired in the same district or even a district close by. We have had couples that have managed to be hired together, but we cannot guarantee it. TOP

How many classes are taken at a time?

In general courses are taken one at a time with a week or two between courses. However, in some cases there will be limited overlap between courses and/or no time between courses. See the tentative course schedules for additional information. TOP

How long does each class last?

Each of the classes are eight (8) weeks in length. TOP

Can I transfer in other education classes?

No. Our classes are specifically designed to be integrated parts of the programmatic puzzle, so that each one must be taken. No substitutions are accepted. TOP

Can I get my master's degree in education?

Yes. Northern Plains Transition to Teaching is a graduate program with two tracks- Licensure only (25 - 30 credits) and Master of Education (31-36 credits). For more details please see the section of our website entitled "Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction". TOP

What teaching license will I have when I complete the program?

You will have a standard teaching license in the state of Montana, South Dakota or Wyoming, depending on the state you are teaching in, upon completion. This is the same license earned with a four year education degree. TOP

Will this license have transferability with other states?

Yes…mostly. Most states have some transferability with other state licenses/certificates. However, many states do impose their own peculiarities on those coming in with a license/certificate from another state. To avoid unpleasant surprises down the line (if you intend to teach in a state other than one currently partnered with us), it is worth your time to thoroughly investigate the reciprocity rules of the state you hope to teach in. You can also check the NASDTEC web site for information on interstate agreements. TOP

Can I pick where I get placed?

Yes, we cannot force you to accept a position in a given district/location, nor can we force a given district to hire you. After you finish the first 3 classes and get your Class 5 Alternative license (or comparable license/certification in SD or WY), we will assist you in your job search and have agreements with numerous districts indicating that they will agree to consider our candidates for any appropriate positions they have available. We do not in any way guarantee or take responsibility for your ability to find a teaching position. TOP

Can I do my Internship teaching in a state other than MT, SD or WY?

Yes! The possibility does exist to intern in other states, but is entirely dependent on that states policies and procedures regarding the hiring of teachers who are en route to, but have not yet completed a licensure program. Please inquire about the state(s) you are interested in. TOP

Do I have to send all of the application in at one time?

No, we will start a file on you when we receive the first piece of material. We will just add to the file until it is complete. TOP

Do I need official transcripts from every college/university I attended?

Yes. Transcripts also typically take the greatest amount of time to receive (along with letters of recommendation), so we recommend you contact the institutions you have attended and get this process rolling as soon as possible. TOP

What is an official transcript?

The transcript must be mailed directly to the NPTT office from the issuing institution. It cannot be issued to you or any other person. The transcript must be delivered to the NPTT office in an official, sealed envelope. TOP

If I know I am interested in pursuing the M.Ed., do I need to have taken the GRE before I can apply to the NPTT program?

No. NPTT does not require that students seeking our Master of Education degree take the GRE for entry into the program. TOP

Do I have to move to Bozeman to take the classes?

No. All classes are online. This means you can live anywhere and take the classes, as long as you have reliable internet connectivity .TOP

If I have already had education classes, will I still have to take all of the classes?

Yes. Our program is designed such that the classes are sequential and build on prior learning. In most cases our program will likely be the quickest route to teacher licensure. However, if you have completed a substantial amount of the courses in a licensure program at another institution, continuing at that institution may be your best option. TOP

If I am not a citizen, may I still enter the program?

Yes, but unless you are from a country where English is the first official language or have previously earned a degree at another U.S. institution, you will have to take the TOEFL exam if you are accepted into the program. You will also need to complete a statement of financial sustainability. TOP

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