Montana State University

College of Education, Health and Human Development


Larry J. Baker, Dean
Jill Thorngren, Associate Dean

Undergraduate Programs Available:


The College of Education, Health and Human Development provides studies for those persons interested in careers in the helping professions associated with education, school and family counseling, family and consumer sciences, physical education/movement science, health, and nutrition. These functions are carried out within the College's two departments, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Development.

The Department of Education is composed of two units: Curriculum and Instruction, for the preparation of undergraduate teacher education majors who seek teaching careers in either elementary or secondary schools; and Educational Leadership, which offers graduate programs in public school teaching, administration, and adult and higher education.

The Department of Health and Human Development administers a variety of curricula that prepare students for various careers including community health, dietetics, exercise science, early childhood education and child services, family and consumer sciences, kinesiology and nutrition science. Teaching careers are offered in family and consumer sciences and health enhancement K-12 (health and physical education).

In addition to its baccalaureate degree programs, the college offers programs leading to the Master of Education, the Master of Science in Health and Human Development, the Education Specialist degree, and the Doctor of Education with emphasis in Administration, Adult and Higher Education, and Curriculum and Instruction.

The college cooperates with other agencies in Montana in the improvement of educational programs and services through its Center for Community-School Development and Field Services, Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Center for Excellence in Adult Learning Research, Child Development Center, Early Childhood Education Distance Partnership, Human Development Clinic and other public service centers and activities.

Montana State University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools. Professional programs for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers at the baccalaureate level are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, as are the master's level programs for the preparation of elementary school principals, high school principals, and guidance counselors, and the doctoral programs in administration, and curriculum and instruction. All education programs are approved by the Montana Board of Public Education. Mental Health, Marriage and Family, and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs of the American Counseling Association. The Dietetics program is accredited by the American Dietetic Association's Council on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.


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