Department of Education

Department of Education Graduate Programs Website: http://www.montana.edu/wwweduc/grad/index.shtml

Department Head

Dr. Tricia Seifert
213 Reid Hall
406-994-3120 Email: tricia.seifert@montana.edu

Graduate Program Assistant

Micki MacGregor
215 Reid Hall
406-994-6786 Email: edgrad@montana.edu

The Department of Education's graduate offerings are divided into three units:  Adult & Higher Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership. Master's (MEd) and Doctoral (EdD and PhD) programs are offered in all three areas. In addition, the Adult & Higher Education program offers the College Teaching Certificate, the Curriculum and Instruction program offers the Library Media Certificate, and an Education Specialist (EdS) degree is available in Educational Leadership only. Additional degree requirements are listed in each program's section.

For information on graduate programs, please contact the appropriate Program Leader:


Adult and Higher Education

http://www.montana.edu/education/grad/ahe/index.html

The Adult and Higher Education (A&HE) program offers three degrees: Master’s of Education, Doctor of Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The A&HE graduate program prepares students to work in and/or research both formal and informal educational opportunities beyond traditional Pre-K-12 settings.  Students in the program would be specifically focused on (a) college teaching and college students and their development, (b) higher education leadership, administration, and organization, (c) postsecondary institutional and program evaluation, assessment, and accreditation, and (d) comparative international and diverse postsecondary (e.g., Tribal Colleges) institutional contexts. Special attention is directed at underrepresented student groups and diverse learners within these foci areas. There are three specialization options for the Master’s in Education (MEd) degree: Adult Education, Student Affairs, and Higher Education. 

There are two specialization options for the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree: Higher Education Administration and Higher Education Academics. The EdD in Higher Education Administration specialization is intended for individuals who will contribute to the administrative leadership within a range of diverse postsecondary settings. The EdD Higher Education Academics specialization is intended for individuals who will teach and provide academic leadership in the area of college teaching and learning within a diverse range of postsecondary settings. 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD), Adult & Higher Education degree is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or research positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research in highly specialized disciplines. Progress through the degree provides students with opportunities to develop specialized disciplinary content and research knowledge along with scholarly experiences that provides the foundational knowledge and skills required for success as faculty in higher education and in research organizations. Specifically, the PhD program prepares students to develop knowledge and conduct research related to six (6) major areas of strength among our existing faculty: (1) Leadership and Policy Analysis, (2) STEM Education, (3) the K-20 Education, (4) Online and Distance Education Delivery, (5) Pedagogy and Teacher Preparation, and (6) Education Evaluation, Assessment, Research Design and Analysis. Special emphasis in these major research areas addresses topics specific to Montana including working with rural communities and Native Americans on state and other educational issues. Graduates of this PhD program in education will be well-positioned to directly and positively affect the data driven culture related to improving the K-20 educational systems. 

The Adult & Higher Education Program also offersCertificate in College Teaching (CTC) to develop and promote exemplary teaching among graduate students, aspiring faculty, and current faculty wanting to enhance their teaching skills. The goal of the certificate is to make individuals more competitive in the job market as instructors and faculty members at a range of colleges and universities. 


Curriculum and Instruction

http://www.montana.edu/education/grad/ci/index.html

The program in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) offers a Master of Education, a Doctor of Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The Master of Education (MEd) degree is designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary classroom teachers, subject matter specialists, and educational scholars and researchers. The MEd degree has three options: the Professional Educator, Educational Researcher, and Technology Education.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed to prepare graduates to assume positions in college and university teacher education programs.  Graduates will develop the rich knowledge base in educational theory and practice needed to conduct research and engage in service to the greater education community.  The program offers multiple opportunities to engage in college teaching, research grounded in cutting-edge educational issues, and collaborative activities in diverse educational settings including faculty from other disciplines.  

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD), with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or research positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research in highly specialized disciplines. Progress through the degree provides students with opportunities to develop specialized disciplinary content and research knowledge along with scholarly experiences that will provide the foundational knowledge and skills required for success as faculty in higher education and in research organizations.

The PhD in Education, with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, will prepare students to develop knowledge and conduct research related to six major areas of strength among our existing faculty including: (1) Leadership and Policy Analysis, (2) STEM Education, (3) the K-20 Trajectory, (4) Online and Distance Education Delivery, (5) Pedagogy and Teacher Preparation, and (6) Education Evaluation, Assessment, Research Design and Analysis. Special emphasis in these major research areas will address topics specific to Montana including working with rural communities and Native Americans on state and other educational issues. Graduates of this PhD program in education will be well-positioned to directly and positively affect the data driven culture related to improving the educational systems of Montana and beyond.

The Department also offers the Library Media Certificate (LMC) program. This totally online program consists of 21 semester credits (7 courses). The program is for teachers who want to add an endorsement in K-12 Library Media to an existing teaching license.


Educational  Leadership

http://www.montana.edu/education/grad/edlead/index.html

The program in Educational Leadership offers a Master of Education, Education Specialist,  Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The Master of Education (MEd) degree is designed to meet the needs of those who desire positions in school leadership: Curriculum Director, principal and superintendent certification. The MEd degree allows candidates to gain licensure in Montana as a K-12 Principal. Once candidates complete the MEd degree and earn principal certification they may take additional coursework to obtain superintendent licensure. This can be accomplished through earning an Education Specialist (EdS) degree or in non-degree status.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed to prepare graduates to assume positions in college and university educational leadership programs. The emphasis of this program is that of the scholar-practitioner where students are engaged researching problems encountered in practice related to K-20 educational organizations and educational leadership. Graduates will develop the rich knowledge base in educational theory and practice and leadership theory needed to conduct practical educational research and engage in service to the greater education community.  The program offers multiple opportunities to engage in research grounded in cutting-edge educational issues and collaborative activities in diverse educational settings, including faculty from other disciplines.  

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD), Educational Leadership degree is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or administrative positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research skills in highly specialized disciplines. Specifically, this PhD program prepares students to develop knowledge and conduct research related to six (6) major areas of strength among our existing faculty: (1) Leadership and Policy Analysis, (2) Leader Identity and Authenticity, (3) Leadership for Social Justice and in Indigenous Contexts, (4) Leader Self-Efficacy/ School Collective Efficacy, (5) Instructional Leadership in Rural Contexts, (6) Education Evaluation, Assessment, Research Design and Analysis. Special emphasis in these major research areas addresses topics specific to Montana including working with rural communities and Native Americans on state and other educational issues. Graduates of this PhD program in education will be well-positioned to directly and positively affect the data driven culture related to improving the K-20 educational systems. 

The Board of Public Education/Office of Public Instruction BPE/OPI Internship is designed for candidates who do not possess licensure as a K-12 Principal or Superintendent and who have been hired into a school leadership position requiring principal or superintendent licensure. The BPE/OPI Internship allows the candidate to gain a Class V (provisional) license to properly hold a school leadership position while completing coursework to earn full licensure. To be eligible, a candidate must be already hired into a school leadership position, and must sign an agreement between their school board trustees and MSU’s Educational Leadership Program.  The agreement stipulates that MSU will supervise the candidate while he/she finishes coursework toward full licensure. There is an extra fee that the candidate or district pays to MSU for the supervision.