2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Education, cont'd

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program at MSU Billings may be completed by students enrolled in the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, or the College of Allied Health Professions.

All students desiring licensure 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 a minimum of 45 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.  Approved admission is necessary prior to registration for Professional Teacher Education courses at the 300 and 400 levels.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program requires the following:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credits with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.65 in all coursework completed.

  2. All students must have completed the following General Education Requirements (see page 73) at MSU Billings, or from another regionally accredited institution of post-secondary education, earning a minimum grade point average of 2.65 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

Requirements Credits
*COMX 115 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
*COMX 111 Introduction to Public Speaking
*WRIT 101 College Writing I 3
*HSTA 101 American History I
*HSTA 102 American History II
A science course chosen from those approved for General Education 4
A math course chosen from those approved for General Education 3
*NASX 105 Introduction to Native American Studies
*NASX 205 Native Americans in Contemporary Society
*May satisfy General Education requirements.
  1. A minimum grade of “C” and a combined GPA of 2.65 must be earned for the following courses in the
    Professional Education Core
Requirements Credits
EDSP 204 Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners 3
*EDU 105 Education and Democracy
   OR EDU 200 Introduction to Education
EDU 220 Human Growth and Development 3
EDU 221 Educational Psychology and Measurement 3
HTH 101 Opportunities in the Health Professions 3
  1. Prior to assignment/placement in any field experience, the student must provide a federal background check, including finger printing, with clear results.  The documentation must be no older than two (2) years.  The candidate understands and agrees that information submitted may need to be shared with faculty and the school district/organization, on a “need to know” basis, to secure the candidate’s field experience placement(s).  Field experience placements include sophomore practica, junior field experiences, student teaching, and internships.

Teacher Education Program Appeals

Candidates proposing a deviation from the Teacher Education Program appeal to the College of Education Teacher Education Program Appeals Committee.  Candidates should contact their faculty advisor for assistance with this process.  The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the College of Education, who has final decision-making authority

Courses Restricted to Teacher Education Program Admission

Formal admission to the Teacher Education program is required for enrollment in the following courses:


EDU 353 Junior Field Experience
EDU 380 Introduction to Curriculum Planning/Practice
EDU 381 Curriculum Theory and Design
EDU 397A Methods:  K-8 Language Arts
EDU 397B Methods:  K-8 Social Studies
EDU 397C Methods:  K-8 Mathematics
EDU 397D Methods:  K-8 Science
EDU 397E Methods:  K-8 Art
EDU 397F Methods:  K-8 Music
EDU 397G Methods:  5-12 Science
EDU 397H Methods:  K-12 Art
EDU 397I Methods:  K-12 Music
EDU 397J Methods:  5-12 Speech and Drama
EDU 492 Independent Study
EDU 494 Seminar/Workshop
EDU 495A Student Teaching:  K-12
EDU 495B Student Teaching:  K-8
EDU 495C Student Teaching:  5-12
EDU 496 Clinic
EDU 497A Methods:  5-12 Social Studies
EDU 497B Methods:  5-12 Mathematics
EDU 497C Methods:  K-12 Modern Language
EDU 497D Methods:  5-12 English


EDU 406 Philosophical, Legal and Ethical Issues in Education


EDU 330/RD 512 Emergent Literacy
EDU 333 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
EDU 432 Literature and Literacy for Young Adults
EDU 438 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis and Instruction


EDSP 301 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
EDSP 302 Teaching Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
EDSP 303 Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities
EDSP 402 Individualizing Curriculum
EDSP 404 Teaching Special Populations
EDSP 405 Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities
EDSP 461 Positive Behavior Supports
EDSP 462 Special Education Law, Policy and Practices
EDSP 494 Seminar/Workshop
EDSP 497 Education Methods:  Special Education

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