Board of Public Education/OPI Internship

The Board of Public Education/Office of Public Instruction BPE/OPI Internship is designed for candidates who do not possess licensure as a K-12 Principal or Superintendent and who have been hired into a school leadership position requiring principal or superintendent licensure. The BPE/OPI Internship allows the candidate to gain a Class V (provisional) license to properly hold a school leadership position while completing coursework to earn full licensure. To be eligible, a candidate must be already hired into a school leadership position, and must sign an agreement between their school board trustees and MSU's Educational Leadership Program.  The agreement stipulates that MSU will supervise the candidate while he/she finishes coursework toward full licensure. There is an extra fee that the candidate or district pays to MSU for the supervision.

Educational Leadership Faculty

Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader
406-994-6799 Email:

Dr. Bill Ruff
406-994-4182 Email:

Dr. David Henderson
406-994-6424 Email:

Contact Information

Micki MacGregor, Graduate Program Assistant
PO Box 172880, Reid Hall 215
Department of Education, Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2880 
Phone: 406-994-6786 Email: