Montana State University

College of Education, Health and Human Development


Lynda Ransdell, 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 counseling, family and consumer sciences, physical education, movement science, health, counseling, 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 three units: Curriculum and Instruction, for the preparation of undergraduate and graduate teacher education majors who seek teaching careers in either elementary or secondary schools; Educational Leadership, offering graduate programs in K-12 administration; and Adult and Higher Education offering graduate programs for those seeking advanced study in adult education and higher education administration.

The Department of Health and Human Development administers a variety of curricula that prepares students for various careers including community health, dietetics, exercise science, early childhood education and child services, family and consumer sciences, kinesiology, nutrition science, and sustainable food and bioenergy systems. Teaching careers are offered in family and consumer sciences and health enhancement K-12 (health and physical education). A post-baccalaureate dietetics internship is also offered.

Graduate Programs Available:

In addition to its baccalaureate degree programs, the college offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Health and Human Development and the Master of Education, the Education Specialist degree, and the Doctor of Education with emphasis in Administration, Adult and Higher Education, or 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 program in education administration. 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 Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Updated: December 9, 2011