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.
An interdisciplinary research team based in the School of Computing has a new position for a graduate student in Education in order to help develop, implement, and test lesson plans for middle school students including American Indian students living on or near Montana Indian reservations. This is a research assistant position that would include a stipend and tuition.
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.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships*
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.
This course provides the fundamental concepts of differentiated educational assessment for classroom teachers including the alignment of assessment to curriculum standards and essential understandings, quality of assessment, principles of item construction, evaluation of student responses, interpretation of results, and improvement of techniques. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.
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 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.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions will be filled based upon qualifications and availability.