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Preschool-Grade 3 (P-3) Major

The Early Childhood Education P-3 major is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach preschool through grade 3.  Coursework and field experience provide multiple opportunities for applied understanding of children's growth and development, building family and community relationships, conducting observations and assessments, understanding developmentally appropriate practices, implementing curriculum, and promoting the well-being of young children and their families. 

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses, and must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program prior to taking their upper division methods and practicum coursework.

Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana.  For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, student teaching, licensure, professional expectations, and more, please see the Teacher Education Program section of this catalog.


  • Early childhood program leadership and management (director, manager, administrator)

  • Early childhood educator (lead teacher working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and P-3)

  • Pre-K/elementary special educator

  • Behavioral support specialist

  • Famiy support services (home visitor, parent educator, family advocate)

  • Professional development specialist (consultant, coach)

  • Speech language pathologist
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
  • Occupational therapist
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Play therapist
  • Early childhood mental health consultant


Christine Lux

Asst Professor and Program Leader

[email protected]

406 994-5005

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