How to Get Started
Thanks for your interest in NTEN, the National Teachers Enhancement Network! (We affectionately call it “En – Ten”) When you become an NTEN student, you’ll join more than 25,000 teachers, community college instructors and non-formal educators who have used NTEN as a pathway to better career opportunities, new content knowledge, and innovative ideas for the classroom. Through our interactive online learning communities, NTEN students often form lifelong friendships and collaborations with their fellow educators from around the world.
Becoming a Bobcat
NTEN is a program of Montana State University, Montana’s largest university and one of the country’s top-tier doctoral-granting research institutions. As such, enrollment in an NTEN graduate course (or an MSU certificate or degree program) requires admission to Montana State University’s Graduate School. If you just want to take one or a few NTEN courses for content knowledge, you would enroll as a non-degree-seeking student. If you wish to work toward a 12-credit graduate certificate, you would enroll as a certificate-seeking student. If you’re not sure, you can enroll as a non-degree student, then later switch into a program. (You can transfer up to 3 credits into a 12-credit certificate program).
Registering for NTEN courses
Once you are enrolled as a Montana State University student, you will register for NTEN courses via MSU’s “MyInfo” system. Courses are offered in Fall, Spring and Summer, and enrollment generally opens a few months before the semester starts. Course lengths and start dates vary depending on number of credits and other factors. You can see currently open NTEN courses each semester or view all the courses from our catalog.
Why choose NTEN?
NTEN was funded by the National Science Foundation in 1993 as an innovative and flexible platform for science teachers to gain content knowledge. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2018 and are proud of serving teachers in all 50 states and many countries around the world. All are dedicated educators who want to improve their lives and those of their students.
Deciding to continue your education can be a daunting decision, especially when you are immersed in a teaching job while balancing family, friends and personal interests. Coursework from Montana State University is rigorous and immersive, so it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. But setting off on this path can open your eyes to new ways of thinking, offer a sense of accomplishment, and fill your brain with energizing ideas for your classroom. we do think it is a decision that can change your life – and those of your students’ – in a very positive direction.
If you’re not quite sure yet, you can sign up for our e-newsletter and learn about upcoming courses, news from MSU and free stuff for teachers, or follow us on Facebook for news and announcements. And, you can always take one NTEN course and see how it goes (see non-degree-seeking student above), before taking the next step in your educational journey.