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Endorsement Program in School Counseling (K-12)

This endorsement will be granted only to students possessing a master's degree in education or a counseling discipline. By Montana certification standards, a Class I Endorsement will require, in addition to the classes listed below, verification of three years of successful teaching experience. By Montana certification standards, a Class VI Endorsement requires the same classes listed below but does not require three years of successful teaching experience. Individual course requirements as listed below may be met by appropriate post-baccalaureate transfer courses from another accredited institution, with the advisor's consent.

Program Structure

courses credit
Professional Core 6
EDF 501 Research Design and Interpretation 3
EDF 530 Advanced Human Development and Learning 3
 
School Counseling Core 8
SCOU 506 Practicum: Counseling and Therapy Techniques 1
SCOU 508 Practicum: Multicultural and Gender Issues in Counseling and Family Therapy 1
SCOU/REHA 505 Theories of Counseling 3
SCOU 507 Ethical and Professional Issues for Counselors and Family Therapists 3
 
Professional Specialization 15
SCOU/REHA 504 Career and Lifestyle Development 3
SCOU/REHA 520 Group and Individual Evaluation 3
SCOU 527 Counseling in the Elementary and Middle School 3
SCOU 554 Organization and Administration of School Counseling 3
SCOU/REHA 557 Group Process: Theory and Practice 3
 
Internship and Capstone 13
SCOU 590 Internship: School Counseling 12
SCOU 597 Capstone in School Counseling 1
 
Total minimum credits required for Endorsement 42
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Teaching Endorsement in Special Education (P-12)

All students selecting a teaching endorsement must have a written plan of study for the endorsement approved by the Department Chair and placed on file in the Department with final approval from the Licensure Officer.

Required Courses credits
RD 417 Diagnostic Teaching of Reading
(Note: RD 401 is a prerequisite for RD 417)
3
SPED 260 Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners 3
SPED 310 Teaching Studenst with Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 311 Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance 3
SPED 312 Teaching Students with Developmental Disabilities 3
SPED 375 Teaching, Learning, and Behavior in the Schools 3
SPED 400 Legal and Current Issues in Special Education 3
SPED 405 Assessment of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 415 Individualizing Curriculum (Preschool-12th grade) 3
SPED 420 Teaching Special Populations 3
SPED 484 Special Education Student Teaching 9
 
Total minimum credits required for Teaching Endorsement 39
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Special Education Supervisor

The Supervisory Endorsement in Special Education is intended for individuals who are pursuing advanced studies in Special Education and plan to be employed as a director of special education.  Each applicant must meet the criteria listed below:

  1. Completion of the Master of Science in Special Education Degree at Montana State University Billings or equivalent from an accredited program.
  2. Eligible for Montana Class 1 or 2 Teaching Licensure in Elementary Education.
  3. Eligible for Special Education Endorsement.
  4. Minimum of three years teaching experience in Special Education
  5. Recommendation of Chairperson of the Department of Special Education and Reading.
  6. Recommendation from the Dean, College of Education.

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Required Courses credits
EDCI 610 Curriculum Theory: Analysis and Practice 3
 
EDLD courses taken through MSU-Bozeman
EDLD 532 School Law 3
EDLD 508 Supervision of Instruction 3
EDLD 555 School Finance 3
EDLD 507 Foundations of Education Leadership 3
SPED 590 Internship: Supervision of Instruction in Special Education 4
SPED/RD 611 Administration and Supervision of Special Programs 3
 
Total required for endorsement 22
Supervisory Endorsement Plan

Supervisory Endorsement programs of study at the post-master’s level are available as an administrative endorsement in Montana for specific fields of teaching.  Montana State University Billings offers supervisory programs in Reading and Special Education. 

For candidates who meet all criteria below, this plan of study must be developed with a faculty advisor; it is subsequently approved by the Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Education.  Upon completion of all program requirements and with a minimum program GPA of 3.00, the endorsement candidate is responsible to file an official Montana State University Billings transcript with Montana State University Billings Licensure Officer and request to have the added endorsement approved by the Department Chairperson and Dean for transmission to the Office of Public Instruction in Helena.

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Reading Supervisor

The Supervisory Endorsement in Reading is intended for individuals pursuing advanced studies in Reading Education and planning to be employed in a supervisory position in school settings.

Each applicant must meet the criteria listed below:

  1. Completion of the Master of Education Degree (Reading Option) at Montana State University Billings or equivalent from an accredited program within the past 6 years.
  2. Eligible for Montana Class 1 or 2 Teaching Licensure in Elementary Education.
  3. Eligible for Reading Endorsement.
  4. Minimum of three years teaching experience in Reading.
  5. Recommendation of Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, Reading, and Early Childhood.
  6. Recommendation from the Dean of the College of Education.

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Required Courses credits
EDCI 610 Curriculum Theory: Analysis and Practice 3
 
EDLD courses taken through MSU Bozeman
EDLD 532 School Law 3
EDLD 508 Supervision of Instruction 3
EDLD 555 School Finance 3
EDLD 507 Foundations of Education Leadership 3
RD 590 Internship: Supervision of Instruction in Reading 3
RD/SPED 611 Administration and Supervision of Special Programs 3
 
Total required for endorsement 21
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Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information. Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.

Our office is located in McMullen Hall, First Floor.
The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302

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