These certification courses are quickly attainable during the 2018 summer months.


Tuition and fees, mileage, and on campus housing will be paid (food is not included) for participating Title IIA grant school teachers. An additional option with greatly reduced fees will be available for nonparticipating schools.


The course features a hybrid design (both online and face-to-face). Students will work together as a cohort during the intensive on-campus workshop. All additional work will be completed online using MSUB's learning platform D2L with feedback from instructors on a regular basis.

Course Description

Are you interested in teaching Dual Credit courses but do not have the necessary content credits?  Thanks to a Title IIA grant, MSU Billings is offering 9-credit graduate course in Communication at a greatly reduced rate. Successful completion of a minimum of 9 graduate credits will allow high Montana school educators with a Master's degree to teach Dual Credit Courses. Graduate credits can also be used toward recertification and possible step increases.

Applied Communication Theory, COMT-587

The course will begin online for the first week. Students will then meet on campus with faculty for intensive workshops addressing some of the subfields of communication studies, and will be introduced to the study of persuasion, rhetorical theory and criticism, public address, and mediated communication theories. Students will interact with faculty regarding the study and practice of communication studies as it relates to teaching a college-level public speaking course.

Students will then complete the remaining course work online with ongoing interaction with program faculty. This includes a combination of assigned readings in their textbook(s) and academic journal articles relating to specific subfields of communication studies, and will complete assigned writing and/or examinations over material in each study unit.

Who Should Enroll

High School educators with a Master's degree from Title IIA partner schools and a undergraduate background in the humanities will be given priority.

A limited number of additional registrations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for teachers with a Master's degree with an undergraduate background in the humanities and who work in schools in Eastern Montana.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must have a Master's degree to be accepted. 

Program Cost

Option 1 - For Teachers from Rural and/or Low-Income High Schools: Billings Senior, Colstrip, Columbus, Fromberg, Hardin, Huntley, Park City, Red Lodge, Roundup, Shepard –14 seats available.

All tuition and fees, materials, MSUB housing, and mileage (up to 280 total) paid by this grant (MSUB food plan available for a fee.)

Option 2 - Available for Teachers from Non-eligible high school near Billings: 4 seats available.

Tuition and fees paid by MSUB. Participants are responsible for their own housing, mileage, and food. (MSUB housing and food plans available for a fee.)

Program Schedule

June 11 – August 10, 2018

Face to Face On-campus Intensive:  June 18, 19 & 20, 2018

Online Portion: June 11- June 15 and June 21- August 10, 2018

Dual Credit Course

Successful completion of this course will allow high school instructors to teach COMX 111, Introduction to Public Speaking.

To Apply

  • Provide a copy of your transcripts documenting a Master's degree.
  • Submit the program application.

COMT 587 Application

Email or mail all required information for the course to the Course Coordinator:

Dr. Samuel Boerboom; Associate Professor of Communication and Theater

MSU Billings

1500 University Drive, LA 610

Billings, MT 59101


Contact Information

To find out more about this and other graduate courses or programs, please call or email:

MSU Billings Extended Campus