College of Education - Educational Theory and Practice

Student Support

Advising Information

Students majoring in bachelor degree programs in the College of Education will be advised through the Advising Center until their sophomore year. At that time, students will be assigned a faculty member for advising.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts with a teaching licensure option will be assigned a major advisor from the content area in the College of Arts and Sciences and a professional education advisor from the College of Education.

Portfolio
The process of developing a portfolio helps candidates make connections between course work and practice. The portfolio is a baseline of performance that allows for continuing reflection and professional development. Through this comprehensive approach, candidates demonstrate their growth in knowledge, skills and dispositions as outlined in the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework.

Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete and that each portfolio benchmark has been met. If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that program requirements can be completed in a timely manner. Faculty advisors work with students to explore appropriate internships, co-operative education placements and/or experiential learning opportunities that will enhance the student’s academic program. In addition, advisors provide assistance in selecting elective courses that support the student’s interests, career plans, Plan of Study, and portfolio completion.

Students need to bring to advising sessions their College of Education Initial portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of artifacts collected by the students that is based on the Initial Conceptual Framework developed by the faculty.

Student Teaching

The student teaching requirement is the culminating experience in the teacher education program at Montana State University Billings. Student teaching provides a guided teaching experience in a school setting on a fulltime basis. During the student teaching term, students concurrently participate in the Capstone seminars. For further information and basic policies regarding the student teaching experience students should meet with their faculty advisors and refer to the Guide for Student Teachers, Mentoring Teachers, and University Supervisors.

Montana State University Cooperative Program Centers

The Montana State University campuses at Billings and Bozeman have developed cooperative program centers to better serve students who want to earn endorsements and degrees not offered through the authorized curricula on either campus. At Bozeman, MSU Billings offers the special education endorsement program, the Master of Science in Special Education program, and a special education minor in the doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction, and educational leadership offered by MSU-Bozeman. At Billings, MSU-Bozeman offers the school administration endorsement for elementary education and secondary education, and the Master of Education in Educational Administration. Contact the Office of the Dean of Education at either campus for additional information.

The Montana Center on Disabilities

www.msubillings.edu/montanacenter/

The Montana Center on Disabilities is a statewide disability outreach program of the College of Education.

Through its unique array of programs the Center provides students opportunities to apply skills in a supervised setting. In addition, the various programs of the Center offer unique opportunities for students to engage in study and applied research. The Center also maintains a wealth of research resources in the Center’s library and on their web page.

Clinical and Field-Based Experiences

The College of Education provides a number of supervised clinical and field-based experiences designed to prepare students to work effectively in the education professions. All field-based experiences are systematically designed and selected to provide students with opportunities to observe, plan and practice in a variety of community settings including schools and social service agencies. The major aim of these experiences is to provide students opportunities to apply principles and theories from the professional knowledge base in supervised environments. Through a sequence of field-based experiences students develop skills that allow them to assume full responsibility as a beginning professional. Site and University personnel supervise clinical and field-based experiences.

All clinical and field-based experiences require a minimum of 45 contact hours per semester credit. In some degree programs, the contact hours may be greater than 45 hours per semester credit and students should clarify expectations with their faculty advisor prior to registration. Students may be required to purchase an insurance policy during the field experience. In some cases the school or agency provides an insurance policy.

Clinical and field-based experiences are arranged through the Certification and Field Experiences Office, first floor, COE Room 114, 657-2336.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program is a non-degree program leading to initial teacher certification and/or subject area endorsements or student enrichment.

Portfolio
All Post-Baccalaureate students are required to complete the College of Education Initial Portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of students’ work based on the Conceptual Framework developed by the faculty. For other details concerning the graduate degree and post-baccalaureate program, see the Graduate Catalog. Graduate Catalogs may be viewed online or obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research Compliance, McMullen Hall, First Floor West, Montana State University Billings, 1500 University Drive, Billings, MT 59101-0245, (406) 657-2238.

The process of developing a portfolio helps candidates make connections between course work and practice. The portfolio is a baseline of performance that allows for continuing reflection and professional development. Through this comprehensive approach, candidates demonstrate their growth in knowledge, skills and dispositions as outlined in the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework.

Students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete and that each portfolio benchmark has been met. If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that program requirements can be completed in a timely manner. Faculty advisors work with students to explore appropriate internships, co-operative education placements and/or experiential learning opportunities that will enhance the student’s academic program. In addition, faculty advisors provide assistance in selecting elective courses that support the student’s interests, career plans, Plan of Study, and portfolio completion.

Students need to bring to faculty advising sessions their College of Education Initial portfolio. The portfolio is a collection of artifacts collected by the students that is based on the Initial Conceptual Framework developed by the faculty.

a student sits studying in Peaks to Plains Park on the MSUB University campus


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