Principal Licensure Certificate

Principals and Superintendents in Montana are required to hold a Class 3 Administrative License with the proper endorsement as K-12 Principal or Superintendent respectively.

When a person is hired by a school district as a Principal or Superintendent who has not completed the necessary courses for Licensure and/or Endorsement, a Montana Board of Public Education Administrative Internship may be available.

Students pursuing the Principal Licensure must hold a Master's Degree. If you do not yet have a Master's Degree, please visit the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership page for more information.

Course Information

EDLD 550: Foundations of Educational Leadership
EDLD 551: Foundations of Curriculum Leadership
EDLD 552: Supervision & Evaluation of Public School Teachers
EDLD 554: School Law
EDLD 556: Finance of Public Education
EDLD 559: Public Relations for Principals
EDLD 567: K-12 Leadership
EDLD 568: K-12 Curriculum & Instruction

Field Experience

Each student will be required to perform and document a minimum of 27 hours of field experience per required course. The field experience hours do not carry additional credits and must be completed prior to recommendation for licensure. These field experiences must align with the six Montana PEPP standards with a minimum of 20 hours related to each standard. More information is available on the Field Experience page under the Student Resources page.

Additional Requirements

  • Master's Degree in an approved school administration program or the equivalent
  • Eligibility for the Class 1 or Class 2 teaching license (individual does not need to hold a Montana teaching license but must be eligible to hold one)
  • Verification of a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience as an appropriately licensed and assigned K-12 teacher

Note: Montana law requires that any applicant for initial licensure, any person seeking emergency authorization of employment, or any applicant seeking to reinstate a lapsed, revoked or suspended license must submit information and material for a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check.

Principal Licensure Application Requirements

Please visit the Application Requirements page for more information.