Montana Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide
This guide to teacher preparation programs in Montana is designed to provide key information to help aspiring teachers decide on which program best suits their individual career needs. All teachers in Montana are required to complete a teacher preparation program in the state, and there are several teaching schools in Montana to choose from. Scroll down to find lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews of Montana teaching schools. Whether you are a first-time college student or are switching from another career, use this guide to start on your way to your teaching degree in Montana.
- There are 18 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Montana.1
- 12 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 10 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 5 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022.3
- No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022.4
- 4 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.5
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
Comparison of Montana State Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs
We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Montana according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.
While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our Montana traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.
Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Montana State University||Yes||464||180||N.Av.||9||—||—||$17,656|
|Montana State University Billings||Yes||590||82||N.Av.||—||—||—||$12,025|
|Montana State University Northern||No||28||10||N.Av.||—||—||—||$11,851|
|Rocky Mountain College||No||63||15||N.Av.||—||—||—||$20,615|
|Salish Kootenai College||No||45||22||N.Av.||—||—||—||$5,893|
|Stone Child College||No||14||3||N.Av.||—||—||—||$7,409|
|University of Montana||Yes||334||144||N.Av.||—||—||—||$15,220|
|University of Montana Western||Yes||697||129||N.Av.||—||—||—||$11,679|
|University of Providence||No||42||4||N.Av.||—||—||—||$25,023|
- — indicates none or not applicable.
- N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Montana
Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022
- University of Montana-Missoula
US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022
- Montana State University (#175)
Select Missouri Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Located on the main Bozeman campus in southwestern Montana, the Montana State University (MSU) Department of Education is part of the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Undergraduates students can gain a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education and Secondary Education (with a variety of subject areas). A concentration in Special Education, a Reading K-12 Teaching minor, and a variety of teaching minors are also available. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, MSU offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.), Education Specialist (EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and graduate certificates in Adult & Higher Education; Curriculum & Instruction; and Educational Leadership. A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) leading to initial teacher licensure for first-time teachers is also available.
The University of Montana (UM) is located in Missoula and is home to the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education. The Teaching & Learning Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education (with specific teaching subject area majors) at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program is offered in Curriculum Studies with Initial Teacher Licensure for K-8 Elementary, 5-12 Secondary, or K-12 Secondary Education. A non-licensure Master of Arts (MA) in Education is also available. The Educational Leadership Department offers several graduate-level degrees, including an M.Ed., Educational Specialist (EdS), or Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership; an M.Ed. or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Educational Leadership; and licensure/endorsement programs for prospective principals and superintendents. Options in the Counseling Department include an MA in School Counseling, an EdS in Counselor Education, a PhD in Counselor Education & Counseling, and a PhD in Counselor Education. Students at various levels can obtain teaching endorsements in Reading Specialist K-12, Teacher Librarian K-12, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education, with online options available.
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.
Aaniih Nakoda College
269 Blackfeet Avenue-Agency
Harlem, MT 59526
Blackfeet Community College
504 SE Boundary St
Browning, MT 59417
Chief Dull Knife College
1 College Dr
Lame Deer, MT 59043
Dawson Community College
300 College Dr
Glendive, MT 59330
Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Dr
Kalispell, MT 59901
Fort Peck Community College
605 Indian Ave
Poplar, MT 59255
Little Big Horn College
Crow Agency, MT 59022
Miles Community College
2715 Dickinson St
Miles City, MT 59301
Montana State University-Billings*
1500 University Dr
Billings, MT 59101-0298
Salish Kottenai College*
Pablo, MT 59855
Stone Child College*
8294 Upper Box Elder Rd
Box Elder, MT 59521
University of Montana Western*
710 S Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725-3598
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
University of Montana Western
710 S Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725-3598
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx