MT Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

Montana Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

In Montana, completion of a WGU Educational Leadership program leads to a Class 3 Administrative License with K-12 Principal endorsement.

1. MASTER'S DEGREE: A master's degree in educational leadership from an accredited professional educator preparation program  or a master's degree from any accredited professional educator preparation program and a minimum of 24 graduate semester credits from a school administrator preparation program in the following content areas: (i) school leadership; (ii) instructional leadership to include supervision and elementary or secondary curriculum; (iii) successful completion of three semester credits of college coursework in Montana school law; and (iv) school and community relations.

2. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of three years of successful experience in an accredited school as an appropriately licensed and assigned Class 1 or 2 teacher or Class 5 Provisional License at the level appropriate to the license sought (elementary or secondary). If you are seeking the K-12 license, you need to complete your practicum at both the elementary and secondary levels.

3. MT SCHOOL LAW:  MT requires successful completion of 3 semester credits of college coursework in Montana school law, including special education law.  This course is offered at the following institutions:  Montana State University – Bozeman; Montana State University – Northern; Rocky Mountain College & University of Montana.

4. RECOMMENDATION: Recommendation for certification from the approved preparation program completed.

5. WGU PROGRAM REQUIREMENT: Beginning 9/1/2018, the WGU program requirement is the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision for students in Montana. If passed prior to 8/31/2018, the Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.

6. PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.


Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in Montana

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Montana Administrator Certification Application Information

For further details on Montana administrator certification requirements, please see the Montana Educator Licensure Rules, section 10. 57.413 through 10.57.417 available at


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