2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Education

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

Advising Information

All new, transfer, and re-admitted students are encouraged to visit the Advising Center on McMullen Hall first floor west, to meet with an academic advisor.  New students will receive information regarding General Education requirements and Plan of Study worksheets related to their major and minor programs.  Transfer and readmitted students will work with an advisor to complete a transcript evaluation and to develop a Plan of Study.  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 secondary or K-12 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.

Undergraduate Degrees and Majors

The College of Education provides an array of undergraduate and graduate programs for educator preparation.  Degree programs and specific courses are designed to ensure the comprehensive development of practitioners able to serve children in a variety of settings.

Bachelor of Science in Education with Teaching Majors in the following:

Special Education and Reading majors are available to candidates completing an elementary broadfield major or a secondary teaching option.

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree with Secondary or K-12 Teaching Licensure Option

MSU Billings no longer offers a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) degree.  Students now receive either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the content area with a secondary or K-12 Teaching Licensure Option.  Students must earn a teaching major and teaching minor, a double major, or an extended major in order to complete degree and licensure requirements.

See Teacher Licensure Options for the following areas in the College of Arts & Sciences (see page 120)

* It is recommended that students interested in pursuing Social Sciences choose a major in history (licensure option) with a teaching minor in political science and apply for the social science (broadfield) licensure endorsement.  This plan will expand employment potential.  Please consult the College of Arts & Sciences for specific information (see page 120).

Teaching Minors

For students who are pursuing secondary or K-12 teacher licensure in a content major, the following minors lead to additional endorsement.  A teaching minor, second major, or extended major is required for the teacher licensure.

Non-Endorsable Teaching Minor in Special Education (K-12)

Minor (Area of Permissive Special Competency): Early Childhood Studies

Associate of Arts Degree Program of Study in: Education

Teaching Endorsement in Special Education (P-12)

Graduate Degrees/Endorsements

See also: Graduate Studies Office

Information on Graduate Programs offered by Montana State University Billings may be obtained by writing:

Director, Graduate Studies
Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, Montana  59101-0298
(406) 657-2238
email:  gradstudies@msubillings.edu

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

  • Curriculum and Instruction Teacher Licensure Option
  • Early Childhood
  • Educational Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Reading
  • School Counseling
  • The Interdisciplinary Studies Option permits students to have the flexibility to design a program in collaboration with faculty advisor.

Master of Science in Special Education with Options in:

  • Advanced Studies
  • Generalist

Certificate of Teaching and Learning Online

Supervisory Endorsements

  • Supervisor of Reading
  • Supervisor of Special Education

Academic Departments

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

Department of Educational Theory and Practice
Montana Center for Inclusive Education

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.

Mission Statement

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

To successfully implement the University’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.

Instructional Facilities and Special Partnerships

The Montana Center for Inclusive Education
The Montana Center for Inclusive Education is a statewide disability outreach program of the College of Education.  The Center is dedicated to developing resources that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities of all ages and cultural backgrounds into their communities.  To meet this mission, the Center works with numerous university and community partners.

The Montana Center serves as a training and technical assistance resource to people with disabilities, families and numerous agencies throughout the state.  The activities of the Center are funded by a variety of state and federal resources.

The staff of the Montana Center have professional skills related to disability in the areas of employment, rehabilitation counseling, transition, hearing conservation, community integration, prevention, collaboration, and learning strategies.

Montana State University Cooperative Programs
The Montana State University campuses at Billings and Bozeman have developed cooperative programs to better serve students who want to earn endorsements and degrees not offered through the authorized curricula on one or the other campus.  For 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.  For 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.

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