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

UM is no longer using Starfish to schedule advising appointments. EAB Navigate is live and instructions for students to schedule an appointment with their advisor is provided here and below.

Navigate is a free mobile app that will help you thrive at UM. Navigate can help students at all levels, whether you're just getting started or nearing graduation. Think of it like a personal advisor in your pocket!

To schedule an advising appointment with your advisor via Navigate, you will click 'Schedule an Appointment' and are prompted to make choices for the type of support you are looking for. You can click through and select from the following choices:

  1. Select a Care Unit
  2. Select a Service Category
  3. Select a Service
  4. Select a Location
  5. Select a specific staff member or 'Any Staff member'
  6. Choose a date and time from a list of availability. From this screen, you will also have the option to view drop-in times or send appointment requests.

After making your selections, you will see a confirmation page with the details of your appointment. You will have the option to use the 'Comments' box to leave a note for your advisor about what you are hoping to discuss in your appointment. You will also have two options for receiving a reminder about your appointment; you can opt in or out of receiving an email and/or text message. Lastly, click 'Confirm Appointment'.

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: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu 

Elementary Education: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu

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: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu

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.