Secondary Education Licensure Program

Teaching Grade 5 through Grade 12...

Students preparing to teach at the middle and high school level complete a teaching major in a specific content area (history, biology, etc.), as well as the professional licensure requirements to teach that discipline.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Master of Education with Secondary Licensure Option

Licensure and Testing


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:
Art (K-12)
Social Studies Broadfield* (Licensed to teach Government & History and one additional social science: Economics, Geography, Psychology or Sociology)
Business Education
French (K-12)
General Science Broadfield (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science)
German (K-12)
Health and Human Performance (K-12)*
Music (K-12)*
Spanish (K-12)

Teaching Majors

These content areas require an additional teaching major or minor:
Earth Science*
Government (Political Science)
Latin (K-12)

Teaching Minors or Endorsements

These content areas require a teaching major:
Early Childhood Education (P-3) Note: May only be added to elementary education
English as a Second Language (K-12)
Library Media (K-12)
Reading (K-12)
Special Education (K-12)

*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:

Course Credit
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

Current First Aid w/ CPR
  *Must complete at least one semester prior to student teaching.
    5-12 majors need adult CPR. K-12 majors need adult and child CPR.

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 495 Student Teaching: Secondary
EDU 494 Professional Portfolio

Click here for a printable PDF version of the professional licensure requirements.

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.)

Click here to read more about the TEP application and suggestions for successful preparation.

The Teacher Education Program application can be downloaded here - SECONDARY EDUCATION APPLICATION.

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.

Licensure and Testing Requirements 

Beginning in the spring of 2013, teacher candidates completing an accredited Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) program in Montana must meet the content knowledge requirements described below to be recommended for licensure/endorsement. This policy is the result of ongoing dialogue and consensus between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the EPPs. This policy ensures consistency across state programs. It also assures Montana school districts that Montana teacher candidates meet the federal Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements for Montana, as defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001 and the Montana Board of Public Education requirements.

Teacher candidates must earn at least 7 points on the Montana Assessment for Content Knowledge prior to recommendation for licensure/endorsement by an accredited Montana  EPP. The possible range for the Content Knowledge Score (CKS) is 0-10.  Teacher candidates earning fewer than 7 CKS points or who score zero on any of the three rubric components shall not be recommended for licensure/endorsement. For candidates who receive a score of 1* on rubric components 1, 2, or 3, each Montana EPP will conduct a further individualized review of the candidate’s content knowledge and teaching skills, based on established policy, to ensure that the candidate merits recommendation for licensure/endorsement. This multiple measure assessment consists of content coursework GPA, an assessment of content knowledge demonstrated during student teaching, and the appropriate Praxis II content knowledge test. Click here for a pdf of the multiple measure assessment. Testing requirements vary by content area. Please visit Teacher Education Services for a list of current required state-approved tests.

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Katie O'Connor
Support Specialist
Teacher Education Services

Jayna Lutz
Academic Advisor
Teacher Education Services
Kristi Murphy
Assessment and Licensure Manager
Teacher Education Services