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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
- Select a Care Unit
- Select a Service Category
- Select a Service
- Select a Location
- Select a specific staff member or 'Any Staff member'
- 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 406-243-6170
Elementary Education: Teacher Education Services - email@example.com - 406-243-6170
Secondary Education: Teacher Education Services - firstname.lastname@example.org - 406-243-4841
Graduate Students: Teacher Education Services - email@example.com - 406-243-4841
General Inquiries: Teacher Education Services - firstname.lastname@example.org - 406-243-4841