Department of Teaching and Learning

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education prepares students to become quality educators who are ready to teach, serve, and lead. Through our innovative curriculum models and extensive clinical experiences, our students receive the highest caliber education for a career 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.

Change minds. Change lives. Become a teacher.

The Department of Teaching & Learning offers a focused, field-based teacher preparation program and a full range of graduate programs. Collaboration, diversity, and curricular integration are themes that guide the design and instruction of each of our programs and help us produce highly qualified, highly employable teachers. Our faculty are licensed, experienced K-12 classroom teachers who provide a wide range of services to the schools of Montana. They engage in active research in their specialty fields to prepare teachers to excel in the classroom. We welcome your interest in learning more about our Teacher Education programs.

 picture of the members of the department of teaching

Back row, left to right: Martin Horejsi, Jeb Puryear, David Owens, Matthew Schertz, Scott Hohnstein, Kate Brayko, Trent Atkins. Front row, left to right: Dana Fitzgale, Kristin Dahl Horejsi, Bonnie Spence, Allison Wilson, Erin O'Reilly, Morgen Alwell.

The numbers speak for themselves...

  • The cumulative GPA of all students admitted into the Teacher Education Program significantly exceeds national accreditation requirements, with the most recently admitted cohort holding an average GPA of 3.36.
  • On average, elementary education students score 13 points higher than the required Montana score on the Praxis content exam.
  • The average GPA for elementary education program completers in the core content courses of math, science, social studies, and language arts was a 3.24 over the past four years, with Autumn 2015 completer cohort earning a 3.37.
  • Secondary and K-12 education program completers have an average major GPA of 3.49 in their content area courses.

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Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education
April Holder 

Secondary Education
Ray Guest