(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 (age 3 to grade 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 elementary (K-8), early childhood (age 3 to grade 3), or middle grades (4-8) endorsement, an applicant must provide verification of completion of an accredited teacher education program in those areas to include supervised teaching experience or a waiver of this requirement if the applicant has previously had supervised teaching experience.
(6) To obtain a secondary (5-12) or K-12 endorsement other than special education, the applicant must provide verification of:
(a) completion of an accredited professional educator preparation program at the grade level(s) identified by the program, including supervised teaching experience, or a waiver of this requirement on the university recommendation if the applicant has previously had supervised teaching experience; or
(b) completion of an educator preparation program, a current standard, unrestricted out-of-state educator license, and five years of successful teaching experience as defined in ARM 10.57.102 documented by a recommendation from a state accredited P-12 school employer on a form prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(7) To obtain an endorsement in special education P-12, the applicant must provide verification of:
(a) completion of an accredited professional educator preparation program; or
(b) completion of a state-approved special education P-12 professional educator preparation program from a regionally accredited college or university; and
(c) supervised teaching experience or a waiver of this requirement if the applicant has previously had supervised teaching experience.
(8) Applicant must also submit a recommendation for any endorsement requested from the appropriate official from an accredited professional educator program.
(9) Applicants who have completed accredited professional educator preparation programs outside of Montana and hold endorsements in specific disability areas (for example, early childhood special education, autism, hearing impaired) in another state 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.
(10) 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.