Teaching & Learning Undergraduate Programs

Change Minds. Change Lives. Become a Teacher.

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at The University of Montana prepares undergraduate students for careers in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings. It is our goal to prepare teachers and school services personnel who demonstrate competence in their subject matter and an understanding of the interrelatedness of knowledge; intellectual skills that lead to reflection, creativity, and risk-taking in their professional lives; a sense of self-worth and a respect for the uniqueness and dignity of others; communication skills in a variety of types of expression; a spirit of cooperation and the ability to problem solve as citizens in a democratic society; and a lifelong love of learning.

More information can be found in our updated Teacher Education Policy Handbook.

More information can be found in our updated Background Check - Frequently Asked Questions.

Elementary Education

Early Childhood Education (P-3 Licensure)

The major in Early Childhood Education: P-3 effectively blends existing courses in the Elementary Education (K-8) major and the minor in Early Childhood Education to meet required state standards with the addition of four new courses. Students declare the Early Childhood Education major as entering freshmen and apply for admission to the teacher education program at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Elementary Education (K-8 Licensure)

Students preparing to teach in elementary school must complete a major in K-8 Elementary Education. In Montana, Elementary K-8 teachers are eligible to teach all subjects in grades K-8. Montana does not offer Middle School endorsements.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Early Childhood Education Minor

Distance Cohort Program

Secondary Education

Students preparing to teach at the middle and secondary level must complete a teaching major in a specific content area, as well as the professional licensure requirements via the Secondary Education Certificate to teach that discipline.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

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 umt.edu/starfish (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   charity.atteberry@mso.umt.edu   406-243-6170

Elementary Education:         Charity Atteberry   charity.atteberry@mso.umt.edu   406-243-6170

Secondary Education:          Lisa Firehammer     lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu     406-243-4841

Graduate Students:             Lisa Firehammer     lisa.firehammer@mso.umt.edu     406-243-4841

General Inquiries:                                                    edadvising@mso.umt.edu