Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 3. Licensing

Qualifications Of Applicants For License To Teach

37-31-305. Qualifications of applicants for license to teach. (1) An applicant for a license to teach under this chapter:

(a) must have a license to practice issued by the department in the particular area of practice or scope of practice, in which the person plans to teach;

(b) must have been actively engaged in that particular area of practice for 12 continuous months before taking the teacher's examination;

(c) must have:

(i) completed teacher training and received a diploma from a school authorized to offer a course of study in teacher training as prescribed by the board by rule; or

(ii) have 3 years of experience in that particular area of practice. A person who qualifies for a license under this subsection (1)(c)(ii) has 2 years to complete board-approved coursework related to teaching methodology before a license to teach is renewed.

(d) except as provided in subsection (2), must have passed the examination prescribed by the board by rule to qualify for licensure; and

(e) shall file an application provided by the board.

(2) The board shall issue a license to teach under this chapter, without examination, to a person licensed in another state if the board determines that:

(a) the other state's course of study hour requirement is equal to or greater than the hour requirement in this state; and

(b) the person's license from the other state is current and the person is not subject to pending or final disciplinary action for unprofessional conduct or impairment.

History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 104, L. 1929; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 14, L. 1931; re-en. Sec. 3228.3, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 222, L. 1939; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 210, L. 1945; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 244, L. 1961; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 167, L. 1969; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 168, L. 1971; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 268, L. 1973; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 310, L. 1973; amd. Sec. 65, Ch. 350, L. 1974; R.C.M. 1947, 66-803(2); amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 106, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 260, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 602, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 473, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 305, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 12, Ch. 243, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 86, Ch. 467, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 100, L. 2011; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 102, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 9, Ch. 15, L. 2015; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 544, L. 2021.