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.
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.
Secondary Education Transfer Curricula
In Montana, those desiring to become secondary teachers (grades 5-12) must pursue a bachelor degree in a certifiable major, often with a minor, from a four-year college or university. Most four-year institutions in Montana offer secondary teaching degrees but offerings for majors and minors vary from school to school, so students must carefully select their courses. Secondary education students can complete two years of study at FVCC in most majors. There are a few courses, listed below, that all secondary education majors must typically take before entrance into a teacher education program their junior year. Additionally, by seeking an associate’s degree from FVCC, the general education core for all MUS colleges and universities will have been completed before transfer.
I. Required for most Secondary Education Majors
|EDU 201||Introduction to Education with Field Experience||3|
|EDU 270||Instructional Technology||3|
*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.
II. Major/Minor Requirements in a Certifiable Area
See transfer school catalog and consult with your advisor for specific course suggestions. Suggested course outlines are shown below for common secondary teaching majors.
III. Teacher Education Program
Students will need five semesters at UM to complete the bachelor’s program and must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to taking EDU classes at UM. Students must apply to the Teacher Education Program at UM by September 15 of their second year – contact UM for details: http://coehs.umt.edu/departments/currinst/default.php.
This program is offered at Kalispell and Lincoln County Campuses.