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 $1230 per month for 10 pay periods and receive six credits of tuition waiver per semester.

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.

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.

Graduate Student Affairs - Learn MoreThe Graduate School is seeking a graduate student for a 10-hour assistantship to work with the Graduate Student Affairs Director on a variety of different topics. The assistantship is for $850/month plus additional payment according to the CBA* to start Fall semester 2020 and may continue contingent on available funding, student eligibility, and mutual agreement.

Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship - Full Position AnnouncementThis Graduate Assistantship role will be rooted in supporting academic engagement, such as meaningful co-curricular activities outside of the classroom (recruiting and career events, internship opportunities, professional development programming, professional guest lectures/speakers, college events, and more). The opportunity will involve program planning, implementation, and assessment. This positions’ main responsibilities are to support the vision, planning, implementation, and assessment of co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and events within the college. The student filling this assistantship will also be involved in employer relations, internship and job tracking, college retention efforts, and building and maintaining relationships with Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship students, faculty and staff, alumni, and local businesses. This is a dynamic role with opportunity for innovation and new ideas within the college. 

Alpha Omicron Pi LogoDo you have excellent organization and communications skills? Do you enjoy working with college age women and making a difference for them in their collegiate experience? The Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) Sorority at Montana State University has an opening for a live-in house director!

This is a Graduate Assistantship as sorority House Director/Facility Manager for collegiate women. Under the direction of the Corporation Relations Advisor and Properties team. The House Director’s primary responsibility is managing a gracious, well-organized, fiscally sound, smooth operating, safe and secure sorority house.

The House Director must be onsite, overnight, seven nights per week except when prior arrangements have been made for other adult supervision during the academic year. Compensation package includes salary (assistantship stipend starting at $1100/mo during the academic year), housing, utilities, Wi-Fi, cable, paid vacation based on the MSU academic calendar, and meals when school is in session

The House Director is provided in-house living at chapter house with private living quarters, utilities and meals provided throughout the academic year This is a smoke, drug, alcohol, animal and firearms free environment.

The link to our hiring portal is:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7edaa251-d001-4629-ac65-75a128b19ce9&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US

Contact Casey Wolfe at casey_wolfe@outlook.com

Chi Omega LogoDo you have excellent organization and communications skills? Do you enjoy working with college age women and making a difference for them in their collegiate experience? The Chi Omega Sorority at Montana State University has an opening for a live-in house director!

This is a salaried, 9-month part time position as sorority House Director/Facility Manager for 40 collegiate women. Under the direction of the House Corporation Board, the House Director’s primary responsibility is managing a gracious, well-organized, fiscally sound, smooth operating, safe and secure sorority house.

The House Director must be onsite, overnight, seven nights per week except when prior arrangements have been made for other adult supervision during the academic year. Compensation package includes salary (DOE starting at $1100/mo during the academic year), housing, utilities, Wi-Fi, cable, paid vacation based on the MSU academic calendar, and meals when school is in session

The House Director may live in the house during summer break. During summer break, there is no compensation, but the House Director will receive housing, utilities, Wi-Fi, and cable in return for paying bills and supervising any maintenance and work being done at the facility.

The House Director is provided a private suite in the sorority house with a private bath, bedroom and living area.

This is a smoke, drug, alcohol, animal and firearms free environment.

Contact Jodi Peretti, House Corporation President at jodi.peretti@gmail.com or 406-490-4045.

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, Student Conduct and the Safety and Welfare program.  

 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 is of interest to the candidate to gain experience and skills, OSE can be flexible.

Office of Student Engagement - Student Organization Support - Full position announcement

 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

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.

Diversity Awareness Office

  • Manage and coordinate the LGBTQ Mentors Program
  • Support LGBTQ students
  • Lead the coordination of LGBTQ-focused events
  • Work with campus units to support campus-wide initiatives
  • Support the coordination of the Safe Zone program

Contact DISC for due date.

Full Position Description

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.

*For Graduate Teaching Assistantships, applicants will need to 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 wish to be considered for a Department of Education Graduate Assistantship, please complete the Graduate Assistantship Checklist. Attach the checklist and your letter of interest to your Graduate School Application for Graduate Admission.  If you are a current student in the Department of Education, please email the checklist, letter of interest (specifying qualification and positions of interest), and a current resume to . Positions will be filled based upon qualifications and availability.