Education – Elementary

Most Montana four-year colleges and universities have teacher training programs in both elementary and secondary education. Elementary teachers are certified by the state to teach grades K-8 and secondary teachers can teach, in a major or minor, grades 5-12. The national job outlook for teachers for the next five to ten years is quite favorable due to projected high levels of retirement.

Students may begin their teacher training at FVCC in both elementary and secondary programs, and in most cases complete their education in an additional two years at a transfer institution. The University of Great Falls has an elementary education program and some secondary education teaching majors on the FVCC campus.

Admission into teacher education programs at four-year schools can be competitive and requires good grades and strong recommendations. Students need to apply to the school of education at their transfer school, usually the semester prior to starting at that school. If time permits, students may consider taking additional course work to fulfill concentration or endorsement requirements at their transfer institutions. Students should consult their advisors and their transfer institutions for specific recommendations.

Elementary Education Transfer Curricula

The suggested course load for the elementary education transfer programs is rigorous. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or by extending the course load for an additional semester or two at FVCC before transferring. Education requirements vary from school to school, as well as deadlines to apply for admission into the School of Education. Therefore, it is important for students to meet with their advisor regularly. Students transferring to The University of Montana – Missoula, University of Great Falls, Montana State University – Bozeman, The University of Montana – Western, Montana State University – Billings, and Montana State University – Northern should take the PPST during their sophomore year at FVCC. Test information can be obtained from the Learning or Career Center.

Program Requirements

Suggested course of study for a transfer to:
Montana State University – Billings

Montana State University – Bozeman

Montana State University – Northern

University of Great Falls

University of Montana – Missoula

The University of Montana – Western

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education through UM

Looking for information about the new Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education through the University of Montana right here at FVCC? Click here.


Marlyn James
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(406) 756-3869

Laura VanDeKop
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(406) 756-3998


For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.

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Last modified: June 8, 2015