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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Montana

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If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Montana, the following information will help guide you through the process.

Montana Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Montana you will need a criminal background check and have your fingerprints taken, and then you will need to contact the school and school district you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district's application process. Most school districts will probably require you to have a bachelor's degree, but check to be sure. You can find a complete listing of Montana schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Montana, you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree in some districts
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Pass a drug test
  • Letters of recommendation

You will find a list of Application Materials here from Montana Office of Public Instruction, in case the district you intend to seek employment with directs you to these forms.

Get Your Montana Fingerprint Clearance Card

In order to become a sub, you must complete a fingerprint based background check through the Montana Department of Justice. You may get your fingerprints taken at any Montana law enforcement office. Once completed, mail to:

Montana Department of Justice
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1403

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to receive your substitute certificate. Some districts may require you to have an associate's degree, while others may require a bachelor's degree. Check with the school district you wish to gain employment with to be sure. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, obtain an application from the district you wish to work for. In case the district you work for requires you to fill out a Class 5 Educator License, here is the application along with directions on how to complete the application. This form does require a notarized signature, and may not be turned in online. See the application for further detailed instructions. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Follow that school or district's procedure as an applicant to save time and avoid headaches. Here is a list of Montana Educator Preparation Programs, should the district you'd like to gain employment with requires you to take a course.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application and all supporting documents back to the district office of your choice.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Montana.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Montana

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. A licensed substitute teacher might make from $65 to $85 per day. Unlicensed substitute teachers can expect a daily pay rate of $50 to $75 each day teaching in a Montana classroom.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Montana

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Montana, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of Montana schools districts here. Also, here is a list of teaching jobs in Montana.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Montana

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Educator Licensure
PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
(888) 231-9393 - toll free
(406) 444-3095 - local phone

This page on Montana Curriculum provides information to Montana educators regarding academic standards, assessment, professional development and best practices for teaching in Montana classrooms.

Many substitute teachers go on to become a teacher by continuing their education with one of our online accredited degrees, particularly our bachelors degree programs. Learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by click on one of these neighboring states below.


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