College of Education policy requires that all candidates undergo a criminal background check before a field experience can begin.  A fingerprint card, documents, and fees needed for the report should be submitted to the Educational Theory & Practice Department, COE Room 261 or 262, six weeks prior to the first day of the semester for EDU 220, EDU 221, and EDSP 204.  All other field experiences are subject to additional criminal background requirements including no break in attendance of a year or more and as per the education program and application requirements.

Fingerprint & Background Check Information has the most updated procedures and information.

For questions, please contact Traci Sgrignoli, Director of Field Experiences and Assessments, at 406-657-1670.


Student Teaching Lesson Planning

TWS and Observation Paperwork Deadlines: 

  • Single Majors on or before Friday, December 8, 2023
  • Double Majors on or beforeFriday, February 16th, 2024
    • Ideally, the first placement paperwork should be submitted by November 10, 2023

Mandatory Seminars for Fall 2023 Student Teachers

First Fall Semester 2023 Seminar -Friday, August 18, 2023
                                                             9 AM - 3 PM
                                                             COE, Room 122


Second Fall Semester 2023 Seminar - TBA

Student Teaching Application Workshops

Fall 2023 Student Teaching

Students applying to student teach Fall 2023 must attend ONE of the Student Teaching Application Workshops. Attendance is required!

When & Where

Thursday, September 21, 2023 2:00pm - 4:00pm COE 122
Friday, September 22nd, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am COE 122


What to Bring

  1. Print a copy of your unofficial MSUB transcript through “MyInfo”. Make a copy of all unofficial transcripts from any other university or college you have attended. Bring all transcripts.
  2. Print a blank copy or bring your laptop to access the Student Teaching Application to the workshop.

Questions? Contact Traci Sgrignoli, Director of Field Experiences and Assessments

Student Teaching Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Meet or exceed all GPA requirements (2.65 GPA or higher in teaching major(s), minor(s), and overall with no grade below a C)
  • All students, except valid MT licensed teachers, must obtain a new, federal criminal background report (CBR) for student teaching; a new fingerprint card, fees, and documents are to be submitted at the time an application for student teaching is submitted. Review and complete the Federal Criminal Background Check process.
  • Completion of all required coursework (except one class with permission from your advisor) by the beginning of the student teaching semester

Questions? Contact Traci Sgrignoli, Director of Field Experiences and Assessments

Student Teaching Application

Fillable Student Teaching Application (Please download and save this application to your desktop, complete the application, print, and save to a flash drive.)

Spring 2024 Applications DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2023

If you need help calculating your grade point average, please refer to the GPA Calculator.

College of Education Petition Form