Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher Education Preparation
The Teacher Education Program at MSU Billings may be completed by students enrolled in the College of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences.
All students desiring certification to teach are required to file an Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program. The application is completed during the term following the completion of 48 semester hours of credit or, in the case of a transfer student, during the first term of residence above the sophomore level or the first term of graduate studies enrollment. Student application forms are available in the Certification and Field Experiences Office, CE Room 114, 657-2336. Approval of this application is necessary prior to registration for Professional Teacher Education courses at the 300 and 400 levels.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is granted through the Certification and Field Experiences Office, CE Room 114, 657-2336. The Director notifies each student upon acceptance in the program. All students must meet the following requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program:
Completion of a minimum of 48 semester credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.65 in all coursework.
Completion of the following General Education requirements at MSU Billings or the equivalents from another regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a grade point average of 2.65.
- ENGL 150 College Composition
- COMT 101 Fundamentals of Communication, COMT 110 Interpersonal Communication or COMT 130 Public Speaking
- A math course chosen from those approved for general education
- A science course chosen from those approved for general education
- NAMS 181 Introduction to Native American Studies or NAMS 211 Social Issues of the Native American
- HIST 204 United States History to 1877 or HIST 205 US History Since 1877
- Completion of the following Professional Core courses with a minimum grade of "C" in each course and a GPA of 2.65 :
- EDF 100 Education Persons for a Democratic or EDF 120 Society Schools and Teachers
- EDF 225 Human Development in Education and Lab
- EDF 250 Educational Psychology
- SPED 260 Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners and Lab
- HHP 201 Core Concepts in Health
EDCI 210 Educational Technology Applications
Completion and acceptance of an essay on teaching to be evaluated for style and content by the faculty advisor.
Students must receive recommending signatures on their applications from appropriate advisors and department chairs.