Dr. Alison Harmon, Dean

 Alison Harmon

Thank you for your interest in the College of Education, Health and Human Development (EHHD) at Montana State University.  Our mission is to prepare highly qualified professionals through exemplary programs; advance knowledge about education, health, and human development; and serve the people of Montana and the nation through outreach and practical application of our expertise.  We are a large college at Montana State University, with approximately 2000 students and more than 65 faculty. 

Undergraduate majors in the Department of Education include elementary, secondary, and technology education.  Master’s and doctoral degrees are offered in educational leadership, adult and higher education, and curriculum and instruction.  We also offer a certificate in library media. 

The Department of Health and Human Development (HHD) offers undergraduate majors in community health, early childhood education and child services, family and consumer sciences, food and nutrition, health and human performance, health enhancement K-12, and an interdisciplinary degree in sustainable food and bioenergy systems. 

Graduate programs in HHD include master’s degrees in school counseling, marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, exercise and nutrition sciences, family and consumer sciences, family financial planning, and food, family and community health. 

As a student in any of the majors in EHHD, you will be part of a nationally recognized, student-centered college that strives for excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.  Our faculty are at the forefront of their disciplines, and our students graduate ready to be leaders in education and healthcare. 

Graduates from EHHD become teachers, school administrators, researchers, dietitians, financial planners, counselors, physical therapists, health educators, fitness consultants, and food entrepreneurs.  Some highlights of our college include:

  • We are the largest producer of certified teachers in the state of Montana, offering accredited licensure in 19 teaching majors and 17 minors. Some of our unique teacher training opportunities include “Troops to Teachers,” which offers returning soldiers the opportunity to obtain a teaching license, and “Northern Plains Transition to Teaching,” a graduate-level teacher preparation program for individuals with an earned degree and coursework equivalent to a major in a teachable area. “Educators Without Borders” enables aspiring teachers to teach in New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Siberia. Our After School Partnership with the Bozeman school district and the United Way enables aspiring teachers to gain additional practical experience working with children.
  • We received our third I LEAD grant (Indian Leadership Education and Development) to prepare the next generation of Native American educators to work as school principals and superintendents.
  • Health and human performance students have worked with elite athletes from cross-country and downhill skiing, triathlons, cycling, and a number of other sports to improve their performance.
  • The sustainable food and bioenergy systems program encourages student participation in the Towne’s Harvest Garden, a vegetable garden that creates a partnership with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and needy seniors, and emphasizes the advantages of locally grown food.
  • The human development and family science program encourages majors to consider becoming certified family life educators and/or accredited financial counselors.
  • Early childhood education and child services has a nationally accredited Child Development Center (CDC), which serves as a lab school for early childhood and elementary education students.
  • Community health prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination and regularly places students in public, private, and community health care and promotion settings.
  • Counseling has an addictions counselor certificate program that is available online.
  • The adult and higher education program offers a certificate in college teaching to develop and promote exemplary teaching among graduate students, aspiring faculty, and current faculty wanting to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Last year, EHHD generated over $6.8 million in external research funding, providing numerous opportunities for students to learn from talented, productive faculty.
  • We have accredited programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Our pass rate for the Registered Dietitian examination is 90%, a rate well above the national average.

Montana State University and the College of Education, Health and Human Development are on the move. Given the splendid outdoor environment in which MSU-Bozeman is located, and the talented, dedicated faculty, staff, and students in EHHD, this is your rare opportunity to combine “Mountains and Minds,” or, to connect and challenge your mind and body within an educational experience that few can even imagine! If you are interested in joining us, or reconnecting with us if you are an EHHD graduate, please call or email us. We would be happy to talk with you about the many life-enriching benefits of graduating with a degree from the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

Alison Harmon, PhD RD LN
Professor and Dean