Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning)

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Then you're in the right place.


The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) offers a focused, field-based teacher preparation program and a full range of graduate programs. Collaboration, diversity, and curricular integration are themes that guide the design and instruction of each of our programs and help us produce highly qualified, highly employable teachers.

The faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) are themselves licensed, experienced K-12 classroom teachers. They provide a wide range of service to the schools of Montana and are active researchers in their specialty fields. We welcome your interest in learning more about our Teacher Education programs.

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Our Bachelor of Arts program for Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education students reflect our commitment to the development of teachers who meet exemplary standards in academics and service. It is our goal to prepare students for the realities of the teaching profession. Initial licensure is also an option in the Masters degree program at both Elementary and Secondary levels.

We offer a variety of programs aimed at endorsement or certification in specialty areas, including:


Our Masters and Doctoral programs both emphasize the development of master teachers and curriculum leaders within schools and districts.

The Masters program may be combined with initial licensure for post baccalaureate students seeking to become K-12 teachers.

The Doctoral program, in particular, prepares curriculum specialists and university faculty.

Teacher Candidate Performance

Recent UM student results from the PRAXIS Education Content Knowledge Test:

  • 93% of UM Teacher Candidates pass the PRAXIS exam on the first attempt
  • University of Montana PRAXIS scores are 10% above the national median
  • 31% of UM Education grads have scored in the top 15% of test takers nationwide, earning them the ETS Recognition of Excellence Award