No Montana home would be complete without hiking boots to roam Yellowstone, skis to hit the slopes at Bridger Bowl and waders to fly-fish in the rapids of the Bitterroot. Similarly, no Montana school would be complete without passionate, high-quality math teachers. Although the average salary for a teacher in Montana is below the national average, there are still many advantages to becoming a math teacher in Montana. The cost of living is affordable and the state has no income tax.
Montana also boasts an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio at 10.4 to 1. Montana is serious about investing in its students – per-pupil expenditures totaled in at around 95 percent of the national average. As a math teacher in Montana, this means you’ll have the resources and time you’ll need to ensure your students succeed.
Montana is dedicated to attracting the best teachers and helping them achieve their goals. The state offers a variety of loan forgiveness programs for current teachers working in high-needs areas, and the University of Montana offers awards for tutoring and facilitating math classroom activities. Montana offers both traditional and reciprocal licenses. There’s also an alternative license option that gives teachers up to three years to complete the requirements needed for full certification.
Math Teacher Certification in Montana
Math Teaching Qualifications
Montana requires teachers to possess a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. However, unlike other states, Montana does not require prospective teachers to pass a standardized examination as part of its teacher certification process. However, teachers interested in attaining “Highly Qualified” status must pass the Praxis test.
Credentials & Exams
Montana offers two levels of certification for teachers. These include:
- Class 2 Standard: In order to receive this license, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, complete an approved teacher preparation program and complete a supervised teacher experience OR have one year of teaching experience in an accredited school.
- Class 1 Professional: This license is issued to teachers who possess a Class 2 Standard certificate, a master’s degree and three years of teaching experienced as a licensed K-12 educator.
Montana also offers a reciprocity option. In order to qualify, applicants must verify their out-of-state credentials and certification. Applicants may be issued an alternative certification (see below for more information) until all Montana certification requirements have been met.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Class 5 Alternative: This three-year license is issued to prospective teachers who still need to complete an approved teacher preparation program or the required undergraduate coursework. Different levels are issued, depending on which requirements the candidate still needs to complete. For more information, please visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction website.
Financial Aid for MT Math Teachers
- Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program: Full-time educators teaching at an impacted school in a critical shortage area are eligible for this loan assistance program.
- University of Montana Undergraduate Teaching Scholar Award: This program offers college juniors and seniors a chance to get firsthand experience in the classroom by assisting a faculty member in a lower division math class.
- University of Montana Undergraduate Tutorial Scholar Award: This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior math majors who tutors students in a lower level math class.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Montana
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Montana teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Montana are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Billings, MT: average of $54,210 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Great Falls, MT: average of $54,190 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in Missoula, MT: average of $51,660 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Missoula, MT: average of $50,730 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Missoula, MT: average of $49,800 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Billings, MT||$49,510||$46,850||not provided||$54,210|
|Great Falls, MT||$46,010||not provided||not provided||$54,190|
Math Teaching Degrees in Montana
Below we've listed all of the Montana math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Montana Math Teachers
Montana Office of Public Instruction
1227 11th Ave.P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620
Common Core Standards adopted Nov. 2011; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Montana here.
Teacher Shortages in MathMontana reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in the middle grades.
Expenditure per Student: $10,645
Montana’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $10,645, or 96.2% of the national average. (Source: NEA)