Undergraduate Programs

The application to the Teacher Education Program must be completed online in Submittable. Please note that the deadline for applications submitted in autumn 2022 for a spring 2023 start in the TEP will be due on September 15, 2022.

Change Minds. Change Lives. Become a Teacher.

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at The University of Montana prepares undergraduate students for careers in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings. It is our goal to prepare teachers and school services personnel who demonstrate competence in their subject matter and an understanding of the interrelatedness of knowledge; intellectual skills that lead to reflection, creativity, and risk-taking in their professional lives; a sense of self-worth and a respect for the uniqueness and dignity of others; communication skills in a variety of types of expression; a spirit of cooperation and the ability to problem solve as citizens in a democratic society; and a lifelong love of learning.

More information can be found in our updated Teacher Education Policy Handbook.

More information can be found in our updated Background Check - Frequently Asked Questions.

Elementary Education

Early Childhood Education (P-3 Licensure)

The major in Early Childhood Education: P-3 effectively blends existing courses in the Elementary Education (K-8) major and the minor in Early Childhood Education to meet required state standards with the addition of four new courses. Students declare the Early Childhood Education major as entering freshmen and apply for admission to the teacher education program at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Elementary Education (K-8 Licensure)

Students preparing to teach in elementary school must complete a major in K-8 Elementary Education. In Montana, Elementary K-8 teachers are eligible to teach all subjects in grades K-8. Montana does not offer Middle School endorsements.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Early Childhood Education Minor

Distance Cohort Program

Secondary Education

Students preparing to teach at the middle and secondary level must complete a teaching major in a specific content area, as well as the professional licensure requirements via the Secondary Education Certificate to teach that discipline.

Program Overview

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Prospective and Current Students

Prospective, current undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education majors can now schedule their academic advising appointments in Navigate.

UM is no longer using Starfish to schedule advising appointments. EAB Navigate is live and instructions for students to schedule an appointment with their advisor is provided here and below.

Navigate is a free mobile app that will help you thrive at UM. Navigate can help students at all levels, whether you're just getting started or nearing graduation. Think of it like a personal advisor in your pocket!

To schedule an advising appointment with your advisor via Navigate, you will click 'Schedule an Appointment' and are prompted to make choices for the type of support you are looking for. You can click through and select from the following choices:

  1. Select a Care Unit
  2. Select a Service Category
  3. Select a Service
  4. Select a Location
  5. Select a specific staff member or 'Any Staff member'
  6. Choose a date and time from a list of availability. From this screen, you will also have the option to view drop-in times or send appointment requests.

After making your selections, you will see a confirmation page with the details of your appointment. You will have the option to use the 'Comments' box to leave a note for your advisor about what you are hoping to discuss in your appointment. You will also have two options for receiving a reminder about your appointment; you can opt in or out of receiving an email and/or text message. Lastly, click 'Confirm Appointment'.

Students who receive their primary or supplemental advising at Teacher Education Services can also schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor by contacting them directly. 

Early Childhood Education: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu - 406-243-6170  

Elementary Education: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu - 406-243-6170

Secondary Education: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu - 406-243-4841

Graduate Students: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu - 406-243-4841 

General Inquiries: Teacher Education Services - edadvising@mso.umt.edu - 406-243-4841