Teaching & Learning Doctoral Programs

The Department of Teaching & Learning offers doctoral degrees that prepare educational professionals who will work with K-12 classrooms and teachers as curriculum specialists and with teacher education programs as university faculty. The programmatic themes of integration of ideas, cooperative endeavors, and respect for learning and individual worth guide the instruction in classes and in field experiences.

Programs are designed with specific needs and interests of participants in mind. Faculty with expertise in multiple educational areas work side-by-side with students as they progress through classes and their individual dissertation research. Doctoral students are encouraged to propose research projects from a range of research designs, from ethnographic studies to experimental models.

Admission Requirements     Graduate Handbook

Doctoral Degree Programs

Ph.D. Teaching & Learning

  • The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) traditionally has been focused on research and scholarship.
  • Emphasizes greater breadth and depth in theory and research methodology.
  • Ph.D. programs typically have more courses related to research.
  • Students who pursue the Ph.D. in Education are more inclined to research nationwide or international trends or large-scale practices.
Ph.D. Program of Study
Ph.D. Planning Form

Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction

  • The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) has traditionally been focused more on educational administration and scholarly practice.
  • Ed.D. programs typically offer more courses related to educational administration and policy of practice.
  • Ed.D. students focus their dissertation research more narrowly on particular practices or policies that affect state or regional schools or school systems.

Contact Us

Katie O'Connor
Support Specialist
Teacher Education Services
Phone: (406) 243-4841
Katelyn.o'connor@mso.umt.edu
Dr. Fletcher Brown
Graduate Program Coordinator        
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: (406) 243-5287
fletcher.brown@mso.umt.edu