Montana State University

Department of Education Title

College Department

Secondary Education

  • Program Objectives
  • Professional Requirements
  • Sequencing
  • Program Options

Program Objectives

The Department of Education offers teacher education programs for students seeking teaching careers in specific subject areas for grades five through twelve. Most of the programs are inter-departmental, with the exception of General Science Broadfield, Social Studies Broadfield, and Technology Education Broadfield, which are totally administered and housed within the Department of Education. Therefore, students who wish to complete any of the aforementioned majors will enroll in the Department of Education, whereas students who wish to complete any of the other majors will enroll in the departments offering the teaching options in their chosen areas.

In addition to its secondary programs, the Department of Education provides foundation coursework which is valuable to teachers at all levels in such areas as history and philosophy of education, multicultural education, educational psychology, human development, assessment, curriculum, content area reading, instructional computing, and exceptionality.

Professional Requirements

All prospective teachers are required to take courses in certain areas of professional education. A grade of "C" or better is required in all professional education courses. (A "C-" is not acceptable.) (See "Teacher Education Program" for entrance requirements.)

Note: A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in a methods class (EDSD 4XX or EDSD 4YY).

Secondary level endorsement will cover grades five through twelve for all applicants graduating from approved programs. Within the approved programs, emphasis must be placed on student growth and development, behavior, and reading and writing skills. Student teaching and observation periods when combined, must cover both 7-12 and 5-6 grade levels.

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Sequencing

The faculty in the Department of Education recommends that any students completing a secondary education program adhere to the following sequence. We want to make sure that you have met all prerequisites when you attempt to enroll in our courses. As you fall behind in this time-line, all subsequent courses should be moved back in time as well. Note: While we recommend this sequence, there will be some variance, especially between courses taken by the end of the junior year and first-semester senior year.

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Options

The TEP offers the following secondary education licensure programs:

Teaching minors, that is, preparation for a second teaching field in addition to the major field, are offered by many departments. Teaching minors are required to accompany all teaching majors but are not required for broadfields or extended majors. Graduate degree programs are available for secondary teachers who are already certified. (See the College of Graduate Studies).