Graduate Assistantships provide an opportunity to apply graduate course learning in research, teaching, and learning environments that support faculty research and/or the Teacher Education undergraduate program. Students employed in a graduate assistantship work on average 19 hours per week from August 1 – December 31 and January 1 – May 31. Summer employment may be possible but is not guaranteed. Department of Education Graduate Assistants earn $1230 per month for 10 pay periods and receive six credits of tuition waiver per semester.

Only students accepted into an MSU graduate program, who are not otherwise employed by MSU, and enrolled in 6-credits per semester will be considered for a Graduate Assistantship.

This page provides descriptions and links to a number of assistantship opportunities offered through the Department of Education. Review these descriptions or click on these links to learn more about specific assistantships.

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Work with Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students (GEMS) dataset. Work alongside GEMS Data Coordinator to develop curriculum for implementation of GEMS data in undergraduate and graduate courses. Work on the research projects with the investigators and learn vital skills in the areas of research development. Work with GEMS Data Coordinator to incorporate GEMS data for continuous improvement of MSU Teacher Education Program and School Leader programs.
Priority application deadline February 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

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Diversity Awareness Office

  • Manage and coordinate the LGBTQ Mentors Program
  • Support LGBTQ students
  • Lead the coordination of LGBTQ-focused events
  • Work with campus units to support campus-wide initiatives
  • Support the coordination of the Safe Zone program

Application due April 25, 2017.

Full Position Description

Gallatin College

  • Communication with prospective students at all levels

  • Move prospective students through admission

  • Create a comprehensive marketing strategy

  • Develop input system to enter prospective student information

  • Coordinate high school visits and group visits

  • College fair tour

  • Connection between admission and orientation

  • Assist with advising and registration

  • Liaison with Dual Enrollment

  • Work closely with advisors

This position is open until filled.

Gallatin College Position Description

 Office of Student Engagement

  • Student Organization Leadership Development
  • Communications
  • Student Organization Support
  • Event Planning & Management
  • Supervision
  • Customer Service

Application due April 25, 2017.

Office of Student Engagement position description

Graduate Teaching Assistantships* for Fall 2017

This course is an introduction to the profession of public school teaching. Topics treated include the nature of knowledge, the development of public education, the training of teachers, the nature of schools today, education policy, and society's expectations of schools.

This course examines the school-society relationship in the United States and the many issues and variables embedded in this relationship, including equal opportunity, human diversity, ideology, politics and social change. Foundational perspectives (historical, political, social, and policy) will be explored.

Human growth and psychological development of school age students, to include physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development within an educational, familial, and societal context. An examination of theory and research related to the development, learning and motivation of school age students. Implications for effective classroom teaching will be identified throughout the course.

Human growth and psychological development of middle and high school students, to include physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development within an educational, familial, and social context. An examination of theory and research related to the development, learning and motivation of middle and high school students. Implications for effective classroom teaching will be identified throughout the course.

A survey of children's books with an emphasis on their use in K-8 classrooms. Introduces the history and current genres of children's literature, selection criteria, award-winning books, and strategies for sharing books with students. EDU 222 or EDU 223 and sophomore standing are prerequisites.

Graduate Teaching Assistant will serve as Practicum Field Supervisor and observe and provide feedback to the undergraduate students assigned to school classrooms to observe children, teachers, and teaching strategies and to co-teach lessons in classrooms. Sections will be specific to grade level 5-12, K-8, or K-12. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course provides instruction in best practices for teacher candidates, which links current theory and practice of literacy instruction in grades K-8. Through experiential learning, students will explore methods and approaches to teaching English language arts. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course focuses upon methods of teaching science inquiry skills, content, and attitudes in the elementary classroom.  Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course identifies goals, objectives, and instructional strategies for elementary social studies. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course provides an overview of salient issues in K-12 teaching including applied evaluation, classroom management and discipline, cooperative learning, law, contracts, certification, professional organizations, ethics, resume, job seeking, and professionalism. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

*For Graduate Teaching Assistantships, applicants will need to be available to instruct on-campus, with preference given to those who are available between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.

If you wish to be considered for a Department of Education Graduate Assistantship, please complete the Graduate Assistantship Checklist (Word or PDF). Attach the checklist and your letter of interest to your Graduate School Application for Graduate Admission.  If you are a current student in the Department of Education, please email the checklist, letter of interest (specifying qualification and positions of interest), and a current resume to tricia.seifert@montana.edu. Positions will be filled based upon qualifications and availability.