College of Education, Health and Human Development

Alison Harmon, Interim Dean
Suzanne Held, Associate Dean of Research Development
Denise Malloy, Assistant Dean of Students

Undergraduate Programs Available

Department of Education

Department of Health and Human Development

The College of Education, Health and Human Development provides studies for those persons interested in careers in the helping professions associated with education, school counseling, family and consumer sciences, physical education, exercise science, health, counseling, and nutrition. These functions are carried out within the college's two departments: the Department of Education; and the Department of Health and Human Development.

The Department of Education is composed of three units: Curriculum and Instruction, for the preparation of undergraduate and graduate teacher education majors who seek teaching careers in either elementary or secondary schools; Educational Leadership, offering graduate programs in K-12 administration; and Adult and Higher Education offering graduate programs for those seeking advanced study in adult education and higher education administration.

The college has additional programs that help persons transition from other careers into becoming educators. The Lewis and Clark Region Troops to Teachers assists qualified military personnel in making the transition from the armed services to the classroom. Northern Plains Transition to Teaching moves seasoned professionals with established records of excellence into new careers in public school classrooms. 

The Department of Health and Human Development administers a variety of curricula that prepares students for various careers including community health, dietetics, exercise science, early childhood education and child services, family and consumer sciences, kinesiology, nutrition science, and sustainable food and bioenergy systems. Teaching careers are offered in family and consumer sciences and health enhancement K-12 (health and physical education). A post-baccalaureate dietetics internship is also offered, the only internship program in the state of Montana.

The college cooperates with other agencies in Montana in the improvement of educational programs and services through its After-School Partnership, Child Development Center, Early Childhood Project, Field Placement and Licensure, Indian Education for All, Human Development Clinic, Montana Team Nutrition, and other public service centers and activities.

Graduate Programs Available

In addition to its baccalaureate degree programs, the college offers graduate-level programs leading to the Master of Science in Health and Human Development and the Master of Education, the Education Specialist degree, and the Doctor of Education with emphasis in Administration, Adult and Higher Education, or Curriculum and Instruction, or a PhD in Education, Adult and Higher Education.

Montana State University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools. Professional programs for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers at the baccalaureate level are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, as are the master's level programs for the preparation of elementary school principals, high school principals, and the doctoral program in education administration. All education programs are approved by the Montana Board of Public Education. Marriage and family, mental health, and school counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs of the American Counseling Association. The Dietetics program is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.