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About the Department of Education

A Brief History of MSU

On February 16, 1893, the Agricultural College of the State of Montana was founded as the state's land-grant college. Renamed The Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the institution was popularly known as Montana Agricultural College, or MAC. By the 1920s, the institution's preferred name was Montana State College and so it remained until July 1, 1965, when, in recognition of the enormous advances in the College's commitment to scientific and humanistic research, the thirty-ninth legislative assembly of the state of Montana changed MSC's name to Montana State University. Part of the greater Montana University System of public colleges and universities , Montana State University today enrolls 864 teacher education students (current as of Spring 2010), making it the largest teacher education program in the state.

Montana State University is routinely listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's "best buys" for undergraduate education and ranks among the leaders in the number of Goldwater scholarship recipients. It is an institution committed to making history by better positioning today's students for meaningful lives in the globalizing economy of the 21st century. MSU is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as RU/VH (Research University—Very High research activity).

The goal of our University community is to be the university of choice for those seeking a student-centered learning environment distinguished by learning and discovery in a Rocky Mountain setting. To that end the University aims to provide a challenging and richly diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success; an environment that promotes the exploration, discovery, and dissemination of new knowledge; a collegial environment for faculty and students in which discovery and learning are closely integrated and highly valued; and to serve the people and communities of Montana by sharing our expertise and collaborating with others to improve the lives and prosperity of Montanans.

About the Teacher Education Program

Teacher education is situated within the unit of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) of the Department of Education, which is resident in the College of Education, Health & Human Development. The pre-service and in-service teacher education programs in the Department of Education have been designed to provide a rich, balanced education, firmly grounded in the liberal arts and contextualized in professional preparation coursework based on current educational theory and praxis. In addition to the coursework of the Department’s pre-service teacher education programs are the field experiences, which are carefully structured, graduated, and supervised. The integration of these two learning experiences allows students to develop and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge, competencies and professional commitment that empowers them to contribute and to lead in a dynamic professional environment upon graduation.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Programs

Department of Education
Montana State University
250 Reid Hall
P.O. Box 172880
Bozeman, MT 59717-2880

Telephone and Fax
Telephone: (406) 994-3120
Fax: (406) 994-3261

Email
E-mail: education@montana.edu


Graduate Programs

Department of Education, Graduate Programs
Montana State University
215 Reid Hall
P.O. Box 172880
Bozeman, MT 59717-2880

Telephone and Fax
Telephone: (406) 994-6786
Fax: (406) 994-1857

Email
E-mail: edgrad@montana.edu