Welcome to Traffic Education Through MSU-Northern!
Thank you for your interest in the Traffic Education Minor/Endorsement offered through MSU-Northern. MSU-Northern is the only institution in Montana that offers a Traffic Education minor/endorsement providing training for students planning to become qualified driving instructors. The minor/endorsement is achieved after the completion of 20 credits (12 required, 8 elective). Students become approved to teach traffic education after completing the initial 8-credit coursework. Please view the Program Sheet outlining the course requirements and the Summer Course Schedule for course dates.
Pre-registration for summer courses begins March 29. Select your student status and follow the steps below to complete the admissions and registration process. A detailed checklist is available for you to follow under Student Resources. Please contact MSU-Northern at (406) 265-4148 with any questions.
What You Need to Know About Traffic Education
The 20-credit Traffic Education Minor/Endorsement requires the following:
- An acceptable driving record and valid driver license.
- A current and active Montana educator license.
- 10 of the 20 credits earned must be MSU-Northern credits.
- At least 8 credits of the required initial coursework must be completed before you begin teaching traffic education.
The initial 8 credits are offered each summer and the dates for 2021 Summer are as follows:
TED 465/565 Motor Vehicle Law
2 credits; May 10 - June 11 ONLINE
TED 461/561 Methods of Traffic Safety Education
3 credits; May 31 - June 25 ONLINE
TED 462/562 Methods of Behind-the-Wheel Instruction
3 credits; June 14 through June 18 AND
June 21 through June 25 in HAVRE
The time schedule for the 8 credits allows you to teach Traffic Education starting the second week of July if all requirements are met and you successfully complete the coursework. You then need to continue working at the rate of 4 semester credits per 5-year renewal cycle of your educator license until you obtain the full traffic education endorsement. See Steps to Receive Traffic Education Approval & Endorsement.
After completing the initial coursework (8 credits), you need to apply to the Office of Public Instruction by completing the TE05 Application for Approval as a Teacher of Traffic Education. The Traffic Education Office at OPI will verify that you have a valid educator license and a valid driver license, and that you have a driver record free of disqualifying citations. You are allowed no more than one moving traffic violation in any 12-month period of the previous 36 months and no DUI within the preceding 36 months, or other serious infraction.
Additional information regarding the Traffic Education Endorsement is available online at the Montana Office of Public Instruction's website, https://opi.mt.gov/Families-Students/Family-Student-Support/Driver-Education.
MSU-Northern's Traffic Education Minor/Endorsement prepares K-12 teachers to impart the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for adolescent drivers to safely and effectively operate a motor vehicle.