2010-2012 Graduate Studies Catalog

IX. The College of Education

Dr. Mary Susan Fishbaugh, Dean
COE 106, (406) 657-2285

Graduate Degree & Endorsement Programs

Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) with Options in:

Master of Science in Special Education Degree (M.S.S.E.) with Options in:

Other Programs

Certificate of Teaching and Learning Online

Supervisor Endorsements

Applied Behavior Analysis Track

Academic Departments

The College of Education is comprised of the following academic department and a public service agency:

Accreditations and Affiliations

The educator preparation programs at Montana State University Billings are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Montana Board of Public Education.


The College of Education is dedicated to:

  • Preparing competent, caring and committed professionals for Montana’s schools;
  • Conducting socially significant research to improve the human condition;
  • Providing community service aimed at improving the quality of life experienced by Montanans; and
  • Providing graduate education designed for the continuing development of professionals.

Operating Principles

In order to successfully implement the College’s mission, the faculty and staff adhere to the following operating principles:

  • All people are entitled to educational programs committed to assisting each individual develop self-knowledge and to promote physical, social, mental, intellectual and spiritual health in a manner enhancing dignity and respect.
  • Educational programs enable students to think critically and analytically, make independent decisions, develop social consciousness and recognize the importance of making productive contributions to a multicultural society
  • Education programs are committed to the concept of equal opportunity.
  • Educators are committed to the ethical principles of the profession.
  • Teachers are facilitators of learning, able to assist and direct the natural learning processes of their students.
  • Professionals in education have the skills and understanding necessary to assist people from different cultures and those with disabling conditions.
  • Professional preparation programs are interdisciplinary in nature.
  • Professionals in education have a comprehensive foundation in the liberal arts.
  • Professional preparation programs have sequential and increasingly intense supervised field experience to allow for the guided demonstration of clinical skills.
  • Research conducted by the academic community searches for solutions to specific human problems.
  • Faculty are actively engaged in community education programs to assist with the implementation of current, empirically validated practices.
  • In support of lifelong learning by professionals in education, the faculty are committed to providing regular in-service education.

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