Graduate Assistantships provide an opportunity to apply graduate course learning in research, teaching, and learning environments that support faculty research and/or the Teacher Education undergraduate program. Students employed in a graduate assistantship work on average 19 hours per week from August 1 – December 31 and January 1 – May 31. Summer employment may be possible but is not guaranteed. Department of Education Graduate Assistants earn $1420 per month, a monthly supplemental payment of $175, and may access up to twelve credits of tuition waiver per semester.  Mandatory University Fees and Student Health Insurance costs are not covered.

Only students accepted into an MSU graduate program, who are not otherwise employed by MSU, and enrolled in 6-credits per semester will be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. Students applying for Teaching Assistantships must be available to instruct on-campus, with preference given to those who are available between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.

If you are a student in the Department of Education and wish to be considered for a Department of Education Graduate Assistantship, please complete the Graduate Assistantship Checklist.   Email the checklist, a letter of interest (specifying qualification and positions of interest), and a current resume to Dr. Tricia Seifert, Department Head. For new applicants to our department, please submit your checklist, letter of interest and resume after receiving notice of admission from the Graduate School. Positions will be filled based upon qualifications and availability. 

This page provides descriptions and links to a number of assistantship opportunities offered through the Department of Education. Review these descriptions or click on these links to learn more about specific assistantships.

  • Support the coordination of the Safe Zone program
  • Coordinate the All Inclusive Mentoring Program with AIM Student Coordinator
  • Support DISC Team and diverse students seeking resources
  • Provide support for identity or cultural focused events
  • Support campus-wide initiatives which support underrepresented students

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Office of the Dean of Students - Support Student Life Programs - Full Position AnnouncementThis Graduate Assistant (GA) works throughout the academic year to support, enhance, and assess existing student life programs in the Office of the Dean of Students.  The GA has the opportunity to link student development theory being taught in their academic courses to the practices and programs in the DOS office.   Specific DOS programs include: the Bobcat Parent and Family Program, Fraternity and Sorority Life, University Student Conduct and the MSU CARE program.  

Office of Student Engagement

This positions’ main responsibilities are to support the vision, planning, implementation, and assessment of the fall and spring MSU Debut program.  This position will lead collaborations with departmental and campus partners to develop and implement program curriculum, program logistics, and relationships with key stakeholders.  However, if other areas of the Office of Student Engagement are of interest to the candidate to gain experience and skills, OSE can be flexible.

Office of Student Engagement - MSU Debut- Full position announcement 

 Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) provides and facilitates student engagement opportunities for MSU students through a variety of programs, events, services, and activities. We are THE HUB for students interested in connecting with their fellow Bobcats through student government, student organizations, programs and events, and engaging in service to the community. OSE is in the Division of Student Success and is located in the student union. This position’s main responsibility is to support the 260+ registered student organizations. However, if other areas of the Office of Student Engagement are of interest to the candidate to gain experience and skills, OSE can be flexible.

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This position’s main responsibilities are to support the launch and maturation of theMaster of Science in Innovation and Management graduate program. The GA role will be involved in marketing and promotion, student recruiting and advising, curriculum development and advancement, and evaluation of the program. This is a dynamic role with opportunity for innovation and new ideas within the college. 

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MontanaPBS is the state’s public television service based on the Montana State University campus and housed in the Visual Communications Building. The station produces, and broadcasts, high quality local and national PBS programming for Montana citizens. MontanaPBS also creates digital content for PK-12 classrooms published on the FREE website PBS LearningMediawww.pbslearningmedia.org. A new pilot program will be implemented in the fall of 2021 hiring one Graduate Teaching Assistant to serve as an Educational Media Specialist from the School of Education to collaborate with a student in the MFA for Science and Natural History in Filmmaking program to create digital content and accompanying curriculum for Montana classrooms to be published on PBS LearningMedia. This content will be shared and distributed with educators using a strategy developed in collaboration with the MontanaPBS Education staff. This will be a 2-3-year pilot study and will seek to measure the impact digital educational media has on the achievement of PK-2 students in Montana.

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An interdisciplinary research team based in the School of Computing has a new position for a graduate student in Education in order to help develop, implement, and test lesson plans for middle school students including American Indian students living on or near Montana Indian reservations. This is a research assistant position that would include a stipend and tuition.

This position has been filled for 2021-2022.

Join the Graduate School team! The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Assistant for Admissions and Recruitment. This position includes, but is not limited to, coordinating graduate fairs, marketing, social media, and an overall scope of admissions and recruitment at the graduate level.

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Contact Melis Edwards, Director
Graduate School Recruitment & Admissions [email protected]

Graduate Teaching Assistantships*

This course is an introduction to the profession of public school teaching. Topics treated include the nature of knowledge, the development of public education, the training of teachers, the nature of schools today, education policy, and society's expectations of schools.

This course examines the school-society relationship in the United States and the many issues and variables embedded in this relationship, including equal opportunity, human diversity, ideology, politics and social change. Foundational perspectives (historical, political, social, and policy) will be explored.

Human growth and psychological development of school age students, to include physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development within an educational, familial, and societal context. An examination of theory and research related to the development, learning and motivation of school age students. Implications for effective classroom teaching will be identified throughout the course.

Human growth and psychological development of middle and high school students, to include physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development within an educational, familial, and social context. An examination of theory and research related to the development, learning and motivation of middle and high school students. Implications for effective classroom teaching will be identified throughout the course.

A survey of children's books with an emphasis on their use in K-8 classrooms. Introduces the history and current genres of children's literature, selection criteria, award-winning books, and strategies for sharing books with students. EDU 222 or EDU 223 and sophomore standing are prerequisites.

This course provides the fundamental concepts of differentiated educational assessment for classroom teachers including the alignment of assessment to curriculum standards and essential understandings, quality of assessment, principles of item construction, evaluation of student responses, interpretation of results, and improvement of techniques.  Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

Graduate Teaching Assistant will serve as Practicum Field Supervisor and observe and provide feedback to the undergraduate students assigned to school classrooms to observe children, teachers, and teaching strategies and to co-teach lessons in classrooms. Sections will be specific to grade level 5-12, K-8, or K-12. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course provides instruction in best practices for teacher candidates, which links current theory and practice of literacy instruction in grades K-8. Through experiential learning, students will explore methods and approaches to teaching English language arts. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course focuses upon methods of teaching science inquiry skills, content, and attitudes in the elementary classroom.  Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.

This course identifies goals, objectives, and instructional strategies for elementary social studies. Graduate Teaching Assistant must hold a teaching license from a state within the United States.