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Curriculum and Instruction


About Us

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction 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.

Our Bachelor of Arts program for Elementary Education majors and Secondary licensure 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 Business & Information Technology Education, Special Education, Library Media, and Literacy Studies. We have a number of opportunities for Post-Baccalaureate study.

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.

The faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction 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. They welcome your interest in learning more about our Teacher Education programs.

More information can be found in our updated Teacher Education Policy Handbook

More information can be found in our updated Background Check - Frequently Asked Questions.

Teacher Candidate Performance

Recent results from the PRAXIS Elementary Education Content Knowledge Test:

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

Average GPA for those admitted to the licensure program in Autumn 2012: 3.26.

Average GPA for Elementary Education students upon admission over the last 11 semesters: 3.18.

Average Content GPA for Elementary Education students over the last five years: 3.18

Average Major GPA for secondary K-12 students over the last four years: 3.45.