Montana’s Office of Public Instruction offers Class 3 Administrator licenses to qualified individuals who wish to serve as principals, superintendents and subject-area supervisors in Montana schools.
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You must also receive a recommendation for endorsement from your educator preparation program official.Superintendent:
You must also receive a recommendation for endorsement from your educator preparation program official.
No examinations are required to obtain administrative licensure in Montana.
For licensure at the Principal level (K-8, 5-12 or K-12), you must have at least three years of teaching experience at an accredited K-12 school.
For licensure at the Superintendent level, you must meet the requirements for a Principal endorsement, have three years of teaching experience, and have at least one year of administrative experience as a Principal.
The above mentioned should be sent to the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Attn: Educator Licensure, P.O. Box 202501, Helena, MT 59620-2501.
If you are applying for an initial Class 3 Montana license, you must complete the fingerprint/background check process, conducted by the Montana Department of Justice. Visit your local law enforcement agency and request that they fingerprint you. Complete the fingerprint card they provide and send the completed card, along with a check for $29.25 payable to the Montana Department of Justice, to Montana DOJ, P.O. Box 201403, Helena, MT 59620-1403.
If you do not receive a response from OPI, your background check/fingerprints have cleared. If there is a problem, OPI will contact you with information on how to procede.
For more information on approved administrator preparation programs in Montana, contact the institutions offering these programs.
For more information on administrative licensure in Montana, contact OPI at 406-444-3150.