BOZEMAN — Applications are now being accepted for an online degree program offered by Montana State University that leads students to a master’s degree in teaching. A corresponding program offers participants a stipend and mentorship in exchange for a teaching commitment in an eligible school.

MSU’s Master of Arts in teaching program offers applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree a pathway to complete a preparation program and become a licensed Montana teacher in as little as one year.

Those admitted to the Master of Arts in teaching degree program can apply for the Montana Rural Teacher Project, or MRTP. Participants in the MRTP receive a living wage stipend while they complete the 12- to 16-month master’s program. They also receive two years of mentorship from established teachers. Students in the program must commit to teach in an eligible Montana school for three years.

While the Master of Arts in teaching degree program will continue into the future, MSU is currently recruiting applicants for the final group of participants for the grant-funded Montana Rural Teacher Project. The elementary track starts in January 2022. The preferred application deadline is Oct. 1, and the extended application deadline is Nov. 10.

The secondary track, which prepares educators to teach high school English, mathematics, general science broadfield and social studies broadfield, starts in May 2022. The preferred application deadline is Jan. 1, 2022, and the extended application deadline is Feb. 15, 2022.

More information about the Master of Arts in teaching degree program is available ONLINE. To learn more about the Montana Rural Teacher Project, click HERE . Questions may be directed to Jamie O’Callaghan.

- By Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service -