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MSU to offer first dual enrollment course at Bozeman High School this fall

February 29, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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This fall for the first time, high school students will be able to take a Montana State University course at Bozeman High School and receive both high school and university credits upon completion.

The dual enrollment course, "Teaching and Learning: A Critical Introduction to Public Education," will be taught at Bozeman High School by an education professor from MSU. Among issues discussed will be the history of public education, contemporary issues in education and issues of equity, such as school funding.

The course is a great opportunity for students for several reasons, according to Jayne Downey, head of the MSU Department of Education.

"Taking this course will really help students get a jump start on their college careers," Downey said. "For aspiring teachers, it lays a foundation for the teaching profession. And, because it fulfills one of MSU's (core) requirements, it will apply to students pursuing any major on the MSU campus. It should also transfer easily to any institution."

Bozeman High school students who are interested in enrolling in the course should speak about it with their academic counselor during the school's pre-registration period. There are no prerequisites for registration. Students will need to complete an admission application to Gallatin College Programs and a request for enrollment form, and they should have their transcript sent to the MSU Office of Admissions.

Tuition for the three-credit course is $148.50, which is half of the regular tuition cost for Gallatin College Programs and approximately $650 less than the cost of an undergraduate three-credit course at MSU. Bozeman High School will provide the required textbooks for the course at no cost to the students.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive credit from both Bozeman High School and MSU.

"The MSU Department of Education is really excited to be partnering with Bozeman High," Downey said. "We're looking forward to being able to provide this opportunity for students."

Contact: Jayne Downey, (406) 994-7426 or jdowney@montana.edu