Students who have been hired into a school administrative position in Montana requiring an administrative license, but have not met the academic requirements for a Class III license, may be eligible for Class V license which will allow them to practice as an administrator while obtaining the required coursework.  While holding a Class V license they must be enrolled in a  Board of Public Education (BPE)/Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Internship program and be supervised by a university faculty member licensed at the appropriate level.  

BPE/OPI Internship only pertains to those students who have been hired into and are currently working in an education administrative position requiring licensure, and are more than 6 credit hours away from having met the academic requirements for licensure and endorsement at the appropriate level.


In order to be considered for the BPE/OPI Internship, candidates must first be hired into an administrative position within a school.

Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Jason Cummins, Program Leader and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Phone: 406-994-4142  Email: [email protected]

Dr. Bill Ruff, Professor of Educational Leadership
406-994-4182  Email: [email protected]

Dr. Tena Versland, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
406-994-6799  Email: [email protected]

Contact Information

Graduate Program Assistant
PO Box 172880
Montana State University
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
[email protected]