browse around here The percentage of students in Montana with special needs is slightly lower than the national average: Ed.gov indicates that 12 percent of Montanas student population has been identified as having disabilities, compared to 13 percent nationwide. The state has a relatively small total population of just over one million people, and as a result, Montana employs only 842 special education teachers, according to Concordia University. Education Week reports that the U.S. Department of Education ranks Montanas ability to meet special education targets as Needs Assistance, as of the 2010/2011 school year. The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) oversees the Montana Division of Special Education, which is responsible for the states public school and state-operated programs for students with special needs. At the undergraduate level, students who want to teach in special education settings in Montana can major in special education or a specialty area within special education. To be eligible for licensure, students need to enroll in a teacher preparation program thats approved by the OPI and obtain teaching experience.