A group of students hold a discussion in a clasroom.

Special Education

Shape young minds with a special focus on students with learning disabilities by teaching kindergarten through eighth grade.

Special Education – B.S. in Elementary Education K-8, Special Education Emphasis

Students in the Special Education program at Montana State start their journey with a broad educational foundation that focuses on how science, technology, engineering and math interconnect with language arts, social studies, arts and health enhancement in the classroom. From there, Special Education students complete coursework focusing on educational assessment and teaching students with special needs, both on the MSU Bozeman and MSU Billings campus. Additionally, Special Education students complete an extensive field experience component that combines service-learning experiences, two practicum teaching semesters and student teaching in their final year.



An illustration of a geyser mid-eruption.

University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

An illustration of an open book.

America Reads & America Counts
Elementary Education students tutor kids in local schools, helping to enhance their primary-level reading and math skills through the America Reads and America Counts programs.

An illustration of a wooden block with letters on each side.

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



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.


Special Education Teaching students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Elementary School Teaching
  • Middle School Teaching
  • Special Education Aide
  • Educational Advocate

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.