Department of Teaching and Learning

Change minds. Change lives. Become a teacher.

At UM we prepare students to become quality educators at every level who are ready to teach, serve, and lead. Through our innovative curriculum models and extensive clinical experiences, our students receive the highest caliber education.

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a focused, field-based teacher preparation program and a full range of graduate programs. Collaboration, diversity, and curricular integration are themes that guide the design and instruction of each of our programs and help us produce highly qualified, highly employable teachers. Our faculty are themselves licensed, experienced K-12 classroom teachers. They provide a wide range of service to the schools of Montana and are active researchers in their specialty fields. We welcome your interest in learning more about our Teacher Education programs.


Prospective and Current Students

Prospective and current undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education majors can now schedule their academic advising appointments in Starfish.

What is Starfish?  Starfish is a student success platform that incorporates academic support and student self-service capabilities into a single portal for students, faculty and advisors.

To schedule an advising appointment with your advisor via Starfish:

  1. Go to (use your net ID and password to log in). You will be taken to the My Success Network page.
  2. On the My Success Network page, under “My Connections”, select your primary advisor.
  3. Using the drop down menu next to your advisor’s name, select “Schedule”.
  4. You will be taken to the ‘Schedule Appointment’ screen. Under “What do you need help with?”, select “TES Advising.”
  5. Once you select “Advising”, additional appointment options will populate. Select the type of advising appointment you require.
  6. Select a day and time for your appointment that works for you.
  7. When your appointment information appears, you will be given an option to enter additional comments under “If you want, tell us a little bit about what’s going on so we can help.”
  8. Be sure to confirm your appointment by clicking the “Confirm” button at the bottom right of the screen.

Students who receive their primary or supplemental advising at Teacher Education Services can also schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor by contacting them directly. 

Early Childhood Education:  Charity Atteberry   406-243-6170

Elementary Education:         Charity Atteberry   406-243-6170

Secondary Education:          Lisa Firehammer     406-243-4841

Graduate Students:             Lisa Firehammer     406-243-4841

General Inquiries:                                          

The numbers speak for themselves...

  • The cumulative GPA of all students admitted into the Teacher Education Program significantly exceeds national accreditation requirements, with the most recently admitted cohort holding an average GPA of 3.36.
  • On average, elementary education students score 13 points higher than the required Montana score on the Praxis content exam.
  • The average GPA for elementary education program completers in the core content courses of math, science, social studies, and language arts was a 3.24 over the past four years, with Autumn 2015 completer cohort earning a 3.37.
  • Secondary and K-12 education program completers have an average major GPA of 3.49 in their content area courses.