Secondary Education

The Department of Education offers teacher education programs for students seeking teaching careers in specific subject areas for grades five through twelve. General Science Broadfield, Social Studies Broadfield, and Technology Education Broadfield are three degrees which are totally administered and housed within the Department of Education. Several other programs are administratively inter-departmentally such as English, history, and health enhancement. Students in these programs will enroll in the departments offering the teaching options in their chosen areas (see below).

In addition to its secondary programs, the Department of Education provides foundation coursework which is valuable to teachers at all levels in such areas as history and philosophy of education, multicultural education, educational psychology, assessment, curriculum, instructional technology, and exceptionality.

Teaching minors, that is, preparation for a second teaching field in addition to the major field, are offered by many departments. Graduate degree programs are available for secondary teachers who are already licensed (see The Graduate School).

All students in secondary education programs must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program at the beginning of the semester prior to taking their methods course(s) in their major(s) and minor(s). Application to the Secondary Education program should be turned into the Education Advising Center, Reid Hall 132.

Professional Requirements for Secondary Education

All prospective teachers are required to take courses in certain areas of professional education.  A grade of "C" or better is required in all professional education courses; a "C-" is not acceptable. See the  Teacher Education Program website for entrance requirements.

FCS 101ISIndiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
or EDEC 160 Early Childhood through Adolescent Development
EDU 202Early Field Experience1
EDU 223ISEduc Psych and Adolescent Dev3
or EDU 222IS Educ Psych & Child Development
EDU 211DMulticultural Education3
EDU 370Integrating Tech into Educ2
EDSP 306Exceptional Learners3
EDU 382Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDU 395Practicum (5-12 Or K-12)3
EDU 4XX--Teaching methods in minor3
EDU 4YY--Teaching methods in major3
EDU 495Student Teaching (Or K-12)12
EDU 408Professional Issues: K-122
Total Credits41

Note: A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in a methods class.

Secondary level endorsement will cover grades kindergarten through twelve or five through twelve for all applicants graduating from approved programs. Practicum and student teaching experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement & Licensure. Details regarding these placements are found on the following link: http://www.montana.edu/wwweduc/undergrad/clinical_exp_place_req.shtml

Sequencing Your Required Education Courses

The faculty in the Department of Education recommends that any student completing a secondary education program adhere to the following sequence. If a student falls behind in this time-line, all subsequent courses could be moved back in time as well.


Note: While we recommend this sequence, there will be some variance, especially between courses taken by the end of the junior year and first-semester senior year.

Freshman Year
1st Semester
FCS 101ISIndiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
or EDEC 160 Early Childhood through Adolescent Development
2nd Semester
EDU 202Early Field Experience1
EDU 223ISEduc Psych and Adolescent Dev3
or EDU 222IS Educ Psych & Child Development
Sophomore Year
1st Semester
EDU 211DMulticultural Education3
2nd Semester
EDU 370Integrating Tech into Educ2
Junior Senior Years
EDU 382Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDSP 306Exceptional Learners3
EDU 4XX--Teaching methods in minor3
EDU 4YY--Teaching methods in major3
EDU 395Practicum3
Final Semester of Senior Year
EDU 495Student Teaching (Or K-12)12
EDU 408Professional Issues: K-122
Total Credits41

Teaching Options Available

Option 1: Major in Secondary Education

Students enroll/major in the Department of Education.

  • General Science Broadfield
  • Social Studies Broadfield
  • Technology Education Broadfield

Option 2: Subject Area Majors with Teaching Options

Students enroll/major in the appropriate departments outside of the Department of Education. See the Teacher Education Program page for entrance requirements.

  • Agricultural Education Broadfield
  • Art Education K-12 Broadfield
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Enhancement Broadfield K-12
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages K-12 (French, German, Spanish)
  • Music (School Music K-12)
  • Physics

Option 3: Teaching Minors

  • Art K-12
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Government
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • Physics
  • Reading K-12
  • Technology Education

General Science Broadfield Option

The General Science Broadfield program prepares and provides licensure for prospective middle and senior high school teachers in all science areas in the state of Montana. See the Teacher Education Program page for entrance requirements.

Program Sequence

Freshman YearCredits
EDU 101US - Teaching and Learning3
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan
or EDEC 160 - Early Childhood through Adolescent Development
3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus
or M 171Q - Calculus I
4
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev
or EDU 222IS - Educ Psych & Child Development
3
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience1
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4
Elective3
Year Total: 32
Sophomore YearCredits
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II4
IA/RA CORE3
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3
PHSX 207 - College Physics II4
ERTH 101IN - Earth System Sciences4
BIOO 412 - Animal Physiology
or BIOO 433 - Plant Physiology
3
BIOE 370 - General Ecology (equiv to 270)3
Elective3
Year Total: 33
Junior YearCredits
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
BIOB 375 - General Genetics3
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry5
Electives 0-2
HSTR 101IH - Western Civilization I4
Earth Science Elective4
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
or BIOM 360 - General Microbiology
3-5
ERTH 303 - Weather and Climate
or GEO 211 - Earth History and Evolution
3
BIOB 420 - Evolution3
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3
Year Total: 31-35
Senior YearCredits
ASTR 371 - Solar System Astronomy4
HSTR 417 - Early Modern Science
or RLST 217IH - Religion, Sci & Environment
or HSTR 419 - Modern Science
3
Elective3
EDU 494 - Seminar: Lab Safety1
EDU 497 - Methods ( 5-12 Science)3
EDU 395 - Practicum (5-12)3
--Student Teaching Semester--
EDU 495 - Student Teaching12
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-122
Year Total: 31
Total Program Credits: 128

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Social Studies Broadfield Option

The Social Studies Broadfield program prepares prospective middle and high school teachers to teach an array of social science areas. Upon completion of this program of study, graduates gain licensure to teach history, government, and other social science subjects in the state of Montana. See the Teacher Education Program page for entrance requirements.

Program Sequence

Freshman YearCredits
EDU 101US - Teaching and Learning3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan
or EDEC 160 - Early Childhood through Adolescent Development
3
HSTR 101IH - Western Civilization I4
M 145Q - Math for the Liberal Arts (Or other Q core)3
HSTR 102IH - Western Civilization II4
GPHY 141D - Geography of World Regions
or GPHY 121D - Human Geography
or ANTY 101D - Anthropology and the Human Experience
or SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology
or PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
3
PSCI 210IS - Introduction to American Government3
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev
or EDU 222IS - Educ Psych & Child Development
3
CS Core3
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience1
Year Total: 33
Sophomore YearCredits
PSCI 214IS - Principles of Political Science3
NASX 232D - MT Indian Cult, Hist, Cur Issu3
HSTA 102IH - American History II4
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2
HSTR 140D - Modern Asia
or HSTR 145D - Reinventing Japan
or HSTR 130D - Latin American History
or HSTR 135D - The Modern Middle East
4
HSTA 101IH - American History I4
PSCI 230D - Introduction to International Relations3
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3
IA/RA Core3
Social Science (upper division 300- 400) 3
Year Total: 32
Junior YearCredits
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
PSCI elective (upper division 300-400)**9
IN/RN Core3
NASX 405 - Gndr Iss In Native Amer Stdies
or NASX 304 - Native American Belief & Phil
or NASX 340 - Native American Literature
or NASX 430 - American Indian Education
3
HSTA/HSTR elective (upper division 300-400)*12
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3
Year Total: 33
Senior YearCredits
HSTA/HSTR elective (upper division 300-400)*3
Social Science (upper division 300-400)**3
PSCI elective (upper division 300-400)**3
Elective1
EDU 497 - Methods (5-12 Social Studies)3
EDU 395 - Practicum (5-12)3
~Student Teaching Semester~
EDU 495 - Student Teaching12
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-122
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 128

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

*

Upper-division HIST electives:
15 -21 credits total:

  • at least 6 credits in U.S. history
  • at least 6 credits in non-Western history, e.g. Asian history
  • at least 6 credits in European history
  • at least 6 credits in history of race, class and gender

Please Note: a course may satisfy more than one upper-division requirements, e.g. HSTA 408 Gender in America will satisfy both the U.S. history and race, class, and gender requirements.

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Upper-division PSCI electives:
12 - 18 credits total:

  • at least 6 credits in U.S. politics (national, state or local)
  • at least 6 credits in global/international politics