Montana Highly Qualified Status

Test Requirements

  • Montana does not use content test scores for licensure decisions
  • Highly Qualified Teacher Test Requirements as defined by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 2001

The federal highly qualified teacher (HQT) regulations for new-to-the-profession and experienced elementary and secondary teachers teaching core academic subjects require that every teacher must demonstrate content knowledge prior to teaching core academic subject classes.

The ESEA core academic subjects include: English, reading, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and physical science), civics and government, economics, history, geography, world languages, visual arts, and elementary curriculum.

Teachers with endorsements in other subject areas (e.g., music, library media, health enhancement, technology education, and family and consumer sciences) are not required to pass a subject area test to teach non-core academic subject classes.

The ESEA HQT requirements apply to all Montana teachers assigned to teach core academic subject classes.

  • K–8 Elementary teachers new-to-the profession must pass the Praxis II® Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5014) test prior to being assigned to teach the elementary curriculum.
  • K–8 Elementary teachers who hold a Class 5 Alternative License must pass the Praxis II Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5014) test prior to teaching the elementary curriculum.
  • Elementary and secondary teachers with a minor in a core academic subject must pass the applicable Praxis II subject knowledge test prior to teaching a core academic subject class.
  • Experienced K–8 Elementary and secondary teachers, K–12 special education teachers, and Title I teachers teaching core academic subject classes must meet High Objective Uniform State Standards of Evaluation requirements or pass the appropriate Praxis II subject area test prior to teaching a core academic subject class.
  • Teachers with a secondary major, coursework equivalent to a major or an advanced degree in a core academic subject must meet the federal requirements and are not required, for HQT purposes, to pass a subject area test.

Candidates Recommended for Licensure by Montana's Accredited Educator Preparation Units

Elementary Teachers New-to-the-Profession¹ You meet ESEA's requirements for a "Highly Qualified Teacher" if, as an elementary teacher New-to-the-Profession and licensed effective on or after July 1, 2006, you meet the following:

  • hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • complete a Montana Board of Public Education accredited professional educator preparation program
  • earn a minimum combined score of eight based on a multi-dimensional content test¹ embedded in the educator preparation program as a condition for recommending new teachers for licensure
  • obtain a Montana license (recommendation for licensure and endorsement by an accredited professional education unit)
  • teach in your licensed and endorsed subject area

¹The test includes:

  1. grade-point average on at least 30 hours of postsecondary content coursework;
  2. performance-based assessments of content knowledge and skill conducted by a cooperating teacher and university supervisor; and
  3. performance on the Praxis II test.

Secondary Teachers New-to-the-Profession² You meet the ESEA requirements for a "Highly Qualified Teacher" if, as a licensed secondary teacher New-to-the-Profession, you meet the following:

  • hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • complete a Montana Board of Public Education accredited professional educator preparation program with a major in an endorsable subject (or the coursework equivalent to a major, or hold an advanced degree in the discipline, or hold a minor in a core academic subject and pass the Praxis II content knowledge test)
  • are recommended for licensure by the accredited professional education unit you completed
  • obtain a Montana license and endorsement based on the above criteria
  • teach in the endorsed subject area

²A teacher New-to-the-Profession means a teacher teaching with less than one year of experience.

To find out more, access Montana's frequently asked questions about Highly Qualified Teacher Status.

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and to see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis® tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in Montana, your score report will be sent automatically to the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If you test outside of Montana, select the Montana Office of Public Instruction (state code 8653) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Elementary Education

Elementary Education applies to new-to-the-profession and teachers who hold a Class 5 Alternative License.

praxis testing for Montana Elementary Education
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary K–8 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 163

Secondary Education

praxis testing for Montana Secondary Education
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 151
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 148
Earth Science Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 151
Economics Economics 5911 150
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
General Science General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 152
Geography Geography 5921 155
Government/Political Science Government/Political Science 5931 149
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Physical Science Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 148
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Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 135
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 135
Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 155
World and U.S. History World and United States History: Content Knowledge 5941 146

All Grades

praxis testing for Montana All Grades
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 158
Reading Teaching Reading 5204 159

Professional School Counselor

Montana school counseling candidates must complete a multiple measures content verification test as part of the educator preparation program to be recommended and eligible for Montana licensure. Earning a passing score on the Praxis II Professional School Counseling test (0421/5421) is one of the required rubric elements of the multiple measures test.

praxis testing for Montana Elementary Education
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Professional School Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 156

World Languages

praxis testing for Montana World Languages
To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Chinese (Mandarin) Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
French French: World Language 5174 162
German German: World Language 5183 163
Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 168

This page is a supplement to The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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