The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications twice per year. Applications must be received by October 1 or March 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
The Graduate School application must be filled out online. Submit the application and pay the $60 fee online. Then submit the following materials to one of the program co-coordinators:
- Letter of intent including academic and professional goals, philosophy of teaching and learning, and the specific program option you are applying for
- Current resume including experiences with children and adolescents
- Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation that attest to your recent academic or professional performance
- At least one (two if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0) of the following*:
- Official GRE Scores (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher)
- Official MAT Score (383 or higher)
- MA/MEd/MS GPA of 3.0 or higher and an official transcript from the institution that awarded this degree.
- A 500-word essay (see prompt below)
- An on-campus interview (Applicant will be contacted to schedule date/time once the committee reviews her/his application.)
- National Board Certification
*Please indicate in the letter of intent which of the above options will be submitted.
Elementary and secondary licensure applicants must also submit:
- Initial Background Screening Form, signed
- A fingerprint-based background check. A fingerprint card packet must be acquired from Teacher Education Services to complete the background check. (Please contact Teacher Education Services if unable to visit the office.)
- Background Check Authorization Form
- A written description of previous experiences with children and adolescents. This is a two to three paragraph document separate from the resume.
- A 500-word essay, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and titled, in response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This may also count as an additional submission material under requirement #5 above.)
International students whose first language is not English and who are not graduates of an English-speaking university must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally into a graduate program or as a graduate nondegree student and be required to complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take courses in their major. Contact Helen at (406) 243-6257 for testing information.
C&I Graduate Program Teaching Assistantships are incredibly competitive, due to the limited positions available at both the Master's and Doctoral level. TA applications are only accepted during the March 1st deadline for the following academic year. Please contact the C&I Graduate Program Co-Coordinators for more information.
Teacher Education Services
PJW Education Center, 2nd Floor Reception
Phone: (406) 243-4841
Fax: (406) 243-4908
Morgen Alwell, Ph.D.
C&I Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
PJW Education Center 306
Phone: (406) 243-5512
Fax: (406) 243-4908