Non-Degree and Certificate Programs

Addiction Counseling Certificate Program

The MSU Addiction Counseling certificate represents 12 addiction specific coursework credits. These credits may be counted toward the Montana Licensed Addiction Counselor credential.

Montana State University will award you an addiction counseling certificate upon successful completion of the 12 credits.

Montana State University offers a series of fully online courses for those interested in working in the addiction counseling field. The program, which is available to both Montana and out-of-state residents, provides coursework that can be applied toward the State of Montana's Addiction Counselor License. The program is specifically designed to provide the required coursework for the State of Montana licensure requirements; out-of-state students should check their state's general licensing criteria. State licensure also requires additional coursework, clinical internship and a board exam. MSU does not facilitate the internship process.

Educational Leadership-Superintendent Certification: 

The purpose of this program is to provide the state required courses that teach the minimum skills and knowledge needed for the position of district superintendent. In addition to improving skill and knowledge, it is the goal of the program to create strong networks among students to support effective practices.  To that end, classes are offered in a blended format which combines face-to-face delivery and distance delivery.  During the academic year, the courses are delivered using distance delivery technology with a face-to-face meeting typically once/month or held in conjunction with a state-level administrator conference. The summer courses start with online instruction in at the beginning of the summer semester ( typically Mid-May) and face-to-face instruction is held later in June with course completion by the middle of July.

Contact the Department of Education's Graduate Program Office (see contact information below) before April 1st, for assistance in completing the Graduate Application for a non-degree seeking student.
*Note, there will be no fee attached to the application, as students will not be associated with the MSU Graduate School. The application is merely for contact and previous schooling information.

Contact Dr. Tena Versland, Program Leader in Educational Leadership, to discuss the lineup of courses required for certification and individual circumstances.

National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN)

The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) is one of the country's most-established online professional development programs for teachers. Courses are designed to help elementary, secondary and community college teachers develop a deeper understanding of science concepts while interacting with and learning new techniques from other teachers and researchers around the globe.

NTEN faculty are university scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and science educators, all experienced in online teaching. Through NTEN, educators can also access professional resources and discuss issues with other educators online. NTEN was created by Montana State University and originally funded by the National Science Foundation. NTEN is part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Institute.

School Library Media Certificate Program

This program is geared toward licensed teachers who want to obtain the school library media endorsement. This certification program/endorsement can only be added to an existing teaching license.

We have received official approval from accreditation officials in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Many other states accept our program as well. Contact your state's Department of Education to ensure that the program is accepted. Our education programs are accredited by the Montana Board of Public Education, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (TEAC/CAEP), and we participate in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification's (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.

Students must be admitted to the School Library Media Certificate Program to take courses in the program. The application deadline for Summer 2017 is April 1. 

Additionally, the Library Media program offers an option to earn a Masters degree (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction after completion of all Library Media coursework. The Masters portion involves completion of 9 additional credits past the 21 required by the Library Media Certificate program, and these courses are also offered online. A student must apply to the full MEd program either initially or before 9 credits of Library Media coursework have been completed. See Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction - Professional Educator Option