All students seeking licensure to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Incomplete or handwritten applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 15 for spring admission and 5 p.m. February 15 for autumn admission. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, all application materials need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first working day after the due date.

Students are eligible for consideration for admission if they have:

  • Been admitted to the University of Montana.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester credits (not including developmental or technical courses).
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits) of 2.75.
  • Achieved or demonstrated progress toward a 2.75 GPA in the Major Core Courses.
  • Completed an English composition course (WRIT 101) with a grade of C- or better.
  • Evidence of competent writing ability as provided in an application writing sample.
  • Appropriate experience working with children or youth.
  • Supportive recommendations from two faculty members familiar with the applicant’s college-level academic work. One recommendation must be from a faculty member in the student's major department.
  • Demonstration of effective communication and collaboration in a group interview. 
  • Results from a completed national fingerprint-based background check. (Background check packets are available at Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center.)  The Office of Field Experiences must receive the results of your background check from the Montana Department of Justice by 5 p.m. on November 11. Students whose background checks are not received by this deadline will be required to unenroll from any Teacher Education Program courses for autumn 2022 and will be admitted to the TEP only when a cleared background check is received.  Please note:  this application requires a NEW background check be completed using the background check packet from Teacher Education Services (other current background checks will NOT fulfill this requirement).


The following is the Teacher Education Program Admission Application and an abbreviated overview of the program for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate secondary (5-12 and K-12) education students. The full Teacher Education Program Policy Handbook is available online on the forms page of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education website.  

All students seeking licensure to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Incomplete or handwritten applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Sept. 15  for spring admission and 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 for autumn admission. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, all application materials need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first working day after the due date.

Students are eligible for consideration for admission if they have:

  • Been admitted to the University of Montana.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester credits (not including developmental or technical courses).
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits) of 2.75.
  • Achieved or demonstrated progress toward a 2.75 GPA in the Elementary or Early Childhood Core Courses.
  • Completed an English composition course (WRIT 101) with a grade of C- or better.
  • Evidence of competent writing ability as provided in an application writing sample.
  • Appropriate experience working with children or youth.
  • Supportive recommendations from two faculty members familiar with the applicant’s college-level academic work.
  • Demonstration of effective communication and collaboration in a group interview.
  • Results from a completed national fingerprint-based background check. (Background check packets are available at Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center.)  The Office of Field Experiences must receive the results of your background check from the Montana Department of Justice by 5 p.m. on Nov 11. Students whose background checks are not received by this deadline will be required to unenroll from any Teacher Education Program courses for autumn 2021 and will be admitted to the TEP only when a cleared background check is received.  Please note:  this application requires a NEW background check be completed using the background check packet from Teacher Education Services (other current background checks will NOT fulfill this requirement).


The following is the Teacher Education Program Admission Application and an abbreviated overview of the program for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate elementary education (K-8 and P-3) students. The full Teacher Education Program Policy Handbook is available online on the forms page of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education website.  

UM Department of Teaching & Learning