The Department of Educational Theory and Practice
With programs in Elementary/Secondary Education, Special Education, Reading Education, Early Childhood Education, and School Counseling
Dr. Ken Miller, Chairperson
COE 261, (406) 657-2315
Professors: Susan Barfield^, Susan Gregory, Anton Hecimovic, Sharon Hobbs, James Nowlin, Sandra Rietz, Daniel Yazak
Associate Professor: Judith McEnany
Assistant Professors: Janet Alberson, Natalie Bohlmann, Cindy Dell, Rosemarie Dugi, Michael Scarlett, David Snow, Rachel Waller, Cheryl Young-Pelton
Lecturers/Adjunct Professors: W. Gregory Allard, Alan Christensen, Bonnie Graham, Katherine Holt, Lynette Schwalbe
Emeritus: Kenneth Card, Linda Christensen, Harold Davidson, Lowell Dunlop, C. Hap Gilliland, Richard Gruber, Stanley Heywood, Marlene LaCounte, Harry Lee, Dennis Schultz, Earl Warne
^Joint appointment with the College of Arts & Sciences
The Mission of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice is preparation of professionals who display the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for effective practice and participation in scholarship, research and service to the community. Our mission holds candidates to the highest ideals of the education profession and involves leading practitioners to examine the complex ways in which diverse disciplines interrelate and provide the foundations of all education. Study in the Department’s programs prepares professionals for insightful, critical examination of the principles and practices that they encounter in their careers.
Offerings in the Department are based on the assumptions that teaching excellence depends upon: 1) celebration of the dignity of all individuals and cultural groups; 2) comprehensive understanding of subject matter; 3) a knowledge of human intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual development; and, 4) thoughtful, informed decisions about pedagogy.\
Admission requirements for the Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Science in Special Education (M.S.S.E.) degrees are as follows:
- Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
- Graduate GPA of at least 3.0
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for candidates in any Masters of Education or Master of Science of Special Education.
Note: Candidates in any Master of Education program leading to initial teacher licensure will take the PRAXIS II Content Area Examination prior to licensure.