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(1) Subject field endorsement must be in areas approved for endorsement by the Board of Public Education.

(2) Areas approved for endorsement on Class 1 and 2 licenses include the following: agriculture, art K-12, biology, business education, chemistry, communication, computer science, early childhood (P-3), earth science, economics, elementary education (K-8), English, English as a second language K-12, family and consumer sciences, geography, health, health and physical education K-12, history, industrial trades and technology education, journalism, library K-12, mathematics, middle grades (4-8), music K-12, physical education K-12, physics, political science, psychology, reading K-12, school counseling K-12, science (broadfield), social studies (broadfield), sociology, special education P-12, special education P-12 hearing impairment, special education P-12 vision impairment, theater, traffic education, and world languages K-12.

(3) As appropriate, grade level endorsements may be issued as consistent with the educator preparation program completed by the applicant.

(4) Permissive special competencies or endorsements identified on an educator license, but no longer offered, may be retained as long as the licensee continues to renew the license.

(5) To obtain an early childhood (P-3), elementary (K-8), middle grades (4-8), secondary (5-12 content-specific), K-12, or P-12 (special education) endorsement, an applicant must provide verification of completion of an approved educator preparation program at the grade level(s) identified by the program, including supervised teaching experience or a waiver of this requirement if the applicant has previously had supervised teaching experience.

(6) Applicants must also submit a recommendation for any endorsement requested from the appropriate official from an approved educator preparation program.

(7) Applicants who have completed an approved educator preparation program outside of Montana and hold endorsements in specific disability areas (for example, early childhood special education, autism, hearing impaired) may qualify for a special education P-12 endorsement in hearing and vision upon verification of program completion and proof of a minimum passing score on the PRAXIS Subject Assessment applicable to the special education endorsement.

(8) Applicants with graduate degrees in an endorsable area may use experience instructing in relevant college or university courses as credit in that endorsement area for licensure.


History: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-102, MCA; IMP, Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA; NEW, 2002 MAR p. 3309, Eff. 11/28/02; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 345, Eff. 3/27/09; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 1038, Eff. 5/25/12; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 2930, Eff. 7/1/15; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 1051, Eff. 7/31/15; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 2091, Eff. 11/26/15; AMD, 2016 MAR p. 2330, Eff. 1/1/17; AMD, 2022 MAR p. 799, Eff. 5/28/22.

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