Secondary Education Licensure Program
Students preparing to teach at the middle and secondary level complete a teaching major in a specific content area as well as the professional licensure requirements to teach that discipline.
The following is a list of all teaching majors, minors, and endorsements offered at UM. Click on the name of the major to view the specific major and minor (where applicable) course requirements in a printable format. Please note that some teaching majors require a second major or minor. All areas lead to licensure for grades 5-12, unless noted otherwise.
Extended Teaching Majors
These content areas do not require an additional teaching major or minor:
Social Studies Broadfield* (Licensed to teach Government & History and one additional social science: Economics, Geography, Psychology or Sociology)
General Science Broadfield (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science)
Health and Human Performance (K-12)*
These content areas require an additional teaching major or minor:
Government (Political Science)
Permissive Special Compentencies
These minors may be added to a program which qualifies for full licensure. They do not qualify as teaching endorsements in Montana.
Technology in Education
*UM offers only a teaching major in these content areas.
When selecting a teaching major or minor, students should keep in mind the value of earning licensure in multiple fields. Students who combine fields significantly increase their future employment options. Advisors in the various fields can answer additional questions concerning teacher supply and demand, as can the Career Services Office.
The professional education courses required for licensure are completed following admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). More information about applying to the TEP can be found below. The following is a list of required professional licensure courses:
|These courses must be completed with a C- or better before applying to TEP:|
|WRIT 101 College Writing I||3|
|Additional licensure requirements:|
|HEE 223 Health Issues of Children and Adolescents||3|
|Native American Studies course||3|
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|Admission to the TEP is required to enroll in courses below.|
|These courses are recommended to be taken together (Block I):|
|EDU 202 Early Field Experience||1|
|EDU 221 Educational Psychology and Measurements||3|
|EDU 370 Integrating Technology into Education
*Math, Music, and Business majors meet through departmental requirements
|EDU 345 Exceptionality and Classroom Management||3|
|These courses are recommended to be taken together (Block II):|
|EDU 395 Field Experience (co-requisite with methods courses)||1|
|Major/minor teaching methods courses||3-9|
|EDU 481 Content Area Literacy
*English and Music majors meet through departmental requirements
|EDU 407E Ethics and Policy Issues||3|
|These courses must be taken together:|
|EDU 482 Student Teaching: Secondary
EDU 494 Professional Portfolio
Transfer students, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students should consult the Assessment and Licensure Manager or the Education Advisor for transcript evaluation. Their contact information is below.
Secondary licensure candidates have an advisor within their academic major and an advisor within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Click here for printable version of all individuals who serve as advisors or liaisons for secondary licensure candidates.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program
All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking licensure to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Admission to the TEP is required before students may enroll in licensure (EDU) courses. Admission is limited to approximately 125 elementary and 125 secondary candidates per year. Due to field experience placement constraints, there is a limit of 12 students admitted per content area, each semester. Application deadlines for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are September 15th and February 15th. Students are eligible for consideration for admission if they have:
- been admitted to the University of Montana;
- completed at least 30 semester credits (not including developmental or technical courses);
- achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits) of 2.75;
- completed an English composition course (WRIT 101), with a grade of C- or better;
- evidence of competent writing ability as provided in an application writing sample;
- appropriate experience working with children or youth;
- supportive recommendations from two faculty members, including at least one from the student's major or minor;
- and satisfactory results from a national fingerprint-based background check. (Background check packets are available in the the Teacher Education Services office.)
Master of Education with Secondary Licensure Option
Secondary licensure candidates already holding a baccalaureate degree may choose to complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) with initial teacher licensure. M.Ed. program requirements include a minimum of 37 graduate credits in addition to any undergraduate course work necessary to complete content area requirements and licensure requirements.
Students who choose this option apply to the Graduate School and Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Graduate Committee. Program requirements and admission procedures are explained on the Master of Education webpages and in the department's Graduate Handbook.
Licensure and Testing Requirements
Beginning Spring 2013, candidates completing teacher preparation programs through any of the accredited postsecondary institutions in Montana must meet the requirements described below to be recommended for licensure. This policy is the result of ongoing dialogue and consensus with the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Council of Deans of Education. This policy insures consistency across state programs. It also assures Montana school districts and teacher candidates that they meet the federal highly qualified teacher (HQT) regulations in Montana as defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001.
Teacher candidates shall pass the Montana Assessment for Content Knowledge with at least a score of 7 to be recommended for licensure by an accredited Montana postsecondary education preparation program. The possible range for the Content Knowledge Score (CKS) is 0-11. Teacher candidates scoring lower than CKS = 7, or who score zero on any of the three multiple measures, shall not be recommended for licensure. This multiple measure assessment consists of content coursework GPA, an assessment of content knowledge demonstrated during student teaching, and a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II content knowledge test. Click here for a pdf of the multiple measure assessment. Teacher candidates earning a minor must complete the minor program of study and pass the appropriate Praxis II content knowledge test. Testing requirements vary by content area. Please visit Teacher Education Services for a list of current required state-approved tests.
Teacher Education Services Office