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Preschool-Grade 3

Focus on child development and age-appropriate developmental practices for a career in teaching students from preschool age to grade 3.

Preschool-Grade 3 – B.S. in Early Childhood Education & Child Services, Preschool-Grade 3 Emphasis

In the Preschool-Grade 3 program at Montana State, students focus on coursework specifically designed for those who wish to become licensed to teach preschool through grade 3. Upon completion of the Preschool-Grade 3 degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana. Preschool-Grade 3 students gain field experience with multiple opportunities for applied understanding of children's growth and development, conducting observations and assessments and understanding developmentally appropriate educational practices. 






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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and the surrounding wilderness.

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Child Development Center
Gain hands-on experience with providing quality early childhood education by working at the Child Development Center, the laboratory preschool at Montana State.

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Adventure Awaits
Montana State is the No. 1 college in the U.S. for outdoor sports and recreation, with world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fly fishing and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Preschool-Grade 3 students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Elementary Teacher
  • Private Education

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.