About NTEN courses
NTEN is a program of Montana State University, which has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1932.
In general, NTEN courses follow a schedule similar to Montana State University's regular academic calendar, with new courses starting in fall, spring and summer. NTEN courses vary in length. Some last nearly a full semester, although most run over shorter periods--7 to 12 weeks. The shorter accelerated courses still cover the equivalent of a full semester of content, so the weekly workload is increased accordingly.
- Earth Science
- Elementary School Science
- Life Science
Some NTEN students choose to earn a graduate certificate and then apply those credits toward a master's degree. Learn more on our graduate certificates page.
NTEN courses offer graduate-level credits from Montana State University, and these credits can be transferred to degree programs at MSU or elsewhere at the discretion of individual institutional programs and policies. Before taking an NTEN course, always check with your educational institution to see if it will count toward your program.
Rules vary by state and by school district. Talk to your district first about whether the academic credits from MSU's NTEN courses will count in your district. All of the NTEN online science courses are fully approved for academic credit by Montana State University and are fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). All credits for the NTEN courses are recorded on an official MSU transcript and may be used toward a degree program at the discretion of individual institutional programs and policies. Learn more about MSU's accreditation.
Registering for NTEN
Yes. Apply through the MSU Graduate School as either a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking MSU student through the formal Admissions process.
Most of NTEN's courses are designed specifically for practicing teachers, including informal educators. If you are not a teacher, please contact the course instructor or NTEN staff before enrolling.
NTEN courses offered through Montana State University may be eligible for financial aid if you are admitted to Montana State University and enrolled in a degree program. NTEN certificate students are not eligible for financial aid.
For information about financial assistance, please visit MSU's Office of Financial Aid.
Yes. While off-campus, current students can connect to the MSU Library online. The Library offers a variety of services to help people access materials in our library and in other libraries. Our faculty and staff will be glad to be of assistance in helping you find and retrieve the information that you need.
You will receive an automated e-mail from the MSU Registrar's Office after you register for an online course. This e-mail will have detailed instructions for logging in to Brightspace by D2L, MSU's Learning Management System.
Drop: When you drop a course, you will not receive a grade for the course and the course will not appear on your transcript. Students have a limited length of time at the beginning of a course to drop.
Withdrawal: Unlike a drop, students who withdraw from a course will receive a grade of W on their transcript for the course. You withdraw when you request to drop after the posted drop deadline. It is allowed only under extraordinary conditions. Note that non-attendance does not constitute a drop or withdrawal from a course.
If you are receiving financial aid, speak with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how the drop or withdrawal will affect your status.
See also the Retroactive University Withdrawal Policy for medical and other emergencies.