Academic Advising

Advising and Program Requirements: Elementary Education

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Students who declare an interest in elementary education are designated as pre-education majors (PRED).  Pre-education students complete course work that satisfies the elementary education major which includes the general education requirements, area of concentration requirements, and  courses required for licensure.  New, transfer and post-baccalaureate students interested in Elementary Education are advised by two full time professional staff,   located in the Teacher Education Services Area on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences (PJWCoEHS).  

Applying to the Teacher Education Program in Elementary Education

Undergraduate & Transfer Students

Students must be officially admitted to The University of Montana to be eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program.   Applications to the TEP are due September 15 for the spring semester admission and February 15 for autumn semester admission.  Completed applications are submitted to Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the PJWCoEHS.

Pre-Education students may apply to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) once they have successfully completed a college level writing course (WRIT 101 or an approved equivalent), and an introductory psychology course (PSYX 100S or an approved equivalent).  In addition they will have completed 30 college level credits and achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

After admission to the Teacher Education Program, candidates remain with the Academic Advisor and are also assigned a Faculty Mentor within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction to assist with the completion of the professional studies requirements.

Graduate Students: Curricular Studies with Initial Teacher Licensure for K-8 Elementary Education

An option available to elementary licensure candidates already holding a baccalaureate degree is completion of a Master of Education (M.Ed.) along with teacher licensure.  M. Ed. program requirements include a minimum of 37 graduate credits in addition to any course work necessary to complete content area requirements.  Students who choose this option apply to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Graduate Committee and follow that admission procedure.  Program requirements and admission procedures are available by clicking here.  Students in the graduate program are assigned a faculty advisor upon acceptance into the program.

Advising and Program Requirements: Secondary Licensure

Students preparing to teach at the secondary level must select a major in a specific academic subject, for example, mathematics or English.  Secondary licensure candidates, therefore, complete the degree requirements set for a major/minor in specific fields as well as the requirements of the State of Montana to teach that discipline in a secondary classroom.  The state requirements for each teaching field are listed in the Phyllis J.  Washington College of Education and Human Sciences section of the University catalog or by going to the Secondary Education website.  Transfer students, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students should consult with one of the PJWCoE Academic Advisors or Kristi Murphy, the Licensure Specialist, in Teacher Education Services.

Secondary licensure candidates are usually co-advised having an advisor within their academic major and an advisor within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Of special importance to secondary licensure candidates is whether their academic field qualifies as an extended major teaching field.  If it does, no second teaching field is required.  Fields that are extended majors are art, business education, chemistry, English, French, general science, German, health and human performance, math, music and comprehensive social sciences.  Fields that require a minor or second major are drama, earth science, economics, geography, government, history, Latin, physics, political science, psychology, Russian, and sociology.

When selecting a teaching major or minor, students should keep in mind the value of earning licensure in multiple fields, even if the first area qualifies as an extended major.  Students who combine fields significantly increase their future employment options.  Advisors in the various fields can answer additional questions concerning teacher supply and demand, as can the Career Services Office.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program in Secondary Education

Undergraduate and Transfer Students

Students must be officially admitted to The University of Montana to be eligible for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Applications to the TEP are due September 15 for the spring semester admission and February 15 for autumn semester admission. Completed applications are submitted to Teacher Education Services on the second floor fo the PJWCOEHS.

Secondary education students may apply to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) once they have successfully completed a college level writing course (WRIT 101 or an approved equivalent). In addition they will have completed 30 college level credits and achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.75

Graduate Students: Curricular Studies with Initial Licensure for 5-12 or K-12 Secondary Education

An option available to secondary licensure candidates already holding a baccalaureate degree is completion of a Master of Education (M.Ed.) along with teacher licensure.  M. Ed. program requirements include a minimum of 37 graduate credits in addition to any course work necessary to complete content area requirements.  Students who choose this option apply to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Graduate Committee and follow the admission procedure. Program requirements and admission procedures are available on the PJWCoEHS web site.

For additional information contact Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Fletcher Brown - fletcher.brown@mso.umt.edu

Book An Appointment Now Using Starfish!

What is Starfish?  Starfish is a student success platform that incorporates academic support and student self-service capabilities into a single portal for students, faculty and advisors.

To schedule an advising appointment with your advisor via Starfish:

  1. Go to umt.edu/starfish (use your net ID and password to log in). You will be taken to the My Success Network page.
  2. On the My Success Network page, under “My Connections”, select your primary advisor.
  3. Using the drop down menu next to your advisor’s name, select “Schedule”.
  4. You will be taken to the ‘Schedule Appointment’ screen. Under “What do you need help with?”, select “TES Advising.”
  5. Once you select “Advising”, additional appointment options will populate. Select the type of advising appointment you require.
  6. Select a day and time for your appointment that works for you.
  7. When your appointment information appears, you will be given an option to enter additional comments under “If you want, tell us a little bit about what’s going on so we can help.”
  8. Be sure to confirm your appointment by clicking the “Confirm” button at the bottom right of the screen.

Students who receive their primary or supplemental advising at Teacher Education Services can also schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor by contacting them directly. 

Early Childhood Education:  Charity Atteberry   charity.atteberry@mso.umt.edu   406-243-6170

Elementary Education:         Charity Atteberry   charity.atteberry@mso.umt.edu   406-243-6170

Secondary Education:          Lisa Firehammer     lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu     406-243-4841

Graduate Students:              Lisa Firehammer     lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu     406-243-4841

General Inquiries:                                                    edadvising@mso.umt.edu