Montana – State Information

MEA President: Mary Svenvold
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Dusty Molyneaux
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar Convenes: 1/4/2021
Adjourns: 4/28/2021
Cross-Over Deadline 2/27/2021
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines House: 2/20/2021
Senate: 2/21/2021
Governor Greg Gianforte (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: Chair: Seth Berglee (R)
Vice-Chair: Fred Anderson (R)
Vice-Chair: Moffie Funk (D)

Senate: Chair Daniel Solomon (R)
Vice-Chair: Keith Regier (R)
Vice-Chair: Edie McClafferty (D)

Partisan Split House:R       Senate: R
House Clerk Contact  
Senate Secretary Contact  
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jack O’Connor, Title I Director 406-444-3083
Title IV Director Holly Mook, Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Program Manager – 406.444.0773
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds September 15


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

MT Music K-12 Class 5 Provisional (3-year)
Class 2 Standard (5-year)
Class 1 Professional (5-year)
None Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) None No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Online course: An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana $36 first application
$30 renewal
$18 provisional license
$30 fingerprinting
Yes Files/Licensure/License Options %282%29.pdf June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Reopening Montana Schools Guidance

The state department of education issued July guidance on four possible reopening scenarios, including for “near full capacity of attendance and operations in a traditional setting, with remote learning for students not onsite.” Under this scenario, there is no limit on group sizes in schools, but social distancing should be observed, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 should still take place, the guidance says.

Title IV Success Stories