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 quite a few teaching schools in Montana to choose from. In order to find the best school for your needs, we have compiled lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. 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 17 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Montana.1
- 11 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
- 10 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
- 5 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
- No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
- 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
- No schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
- 1 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
- 4 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Montana
Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020
- University of Montana-Missoula
US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019
- University of Montana (#100 tie)
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Montana
Comparison of 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 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. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.
You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.
Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.
|State-Approved School||CAEP Accred.?6||NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7||NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7||Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8||Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8||Licensing Exams Pass Rate8||Net Price***1|
|Montana State University-Billings||Yes||17%||37%||549||123||—||$12,503|
|Montana State University-Bozeman||Yes||95%||97%||300||175||—||$15,411|
|Montana State University-Northern||No||1%||—||25||20||—||$10,217|
|Rocky Mountain College||No||32%||42%||46||20||—||$20,276|
|Salish Kootenai College||No||—||—||53||7||—||$8,686|
|University of Montana-Missoula||Yes||—||—||357||164||—||$13,682|
|University of Montana-Western||Yes||3%||7%||482||85||—||$11,305|
|University of Providence||No||41%||16%||60||11||—||$19,367|
*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics 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).
Profiles of Well-Known Schools
Montana State University: Located in the beautiful city of Bozeman, the Montana State University College of Education, Health and Human Development offers students a wide variety of degree options that cover the spectrum of higher education from undergraduate to doctorate. Students can prepare for careers as elementary teachers, high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. The human development department offers majors that lead to rewarding careers in community health, exercise scientists, nutritionists, dieticians, and more. The College of Education and Human Development is one of the largest in terms of total student population on the MSU campus. The college consistently trains some of the state’s best educators. Some of the degrees include BS in Elementary Education, BS in Secondary Education, BS in Educational Technology, MA in Adult and Higher Education, Principal Certification and a Doctor of Educational Leadership.
University of Montana: The University of Montana is located in Missoula, Montana and is home to the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. The College houses five departments including Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Health and Human Performance. All of the departments are equally important, but the heart of the College is definitely the Curriculum and Instruction department that trains future teachers for placement in the k-12 system. Current and future educators are able to earn one or more degrees in several dozen majors and areas of emphasis. Students are able to curtail their education to fit their personal and professional needs as they see fit. All of the faculty within the department of Curriculum and Instruction are themselves licensed educators.
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Montana
1601 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT 59625-0002
Montana State University
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Montana State University-Billings
1500 University Dr
Billings, MT 59101-0298
Montana State University-Great Falls College of Technology
2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405
Montana State University-Northern
300 W 11th St
Havre, MT 59501
Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Dr
Billings, MT 59102-1796
Salish Kottenai College
Pablo, MT 59855
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
The University of Montana-Western
710 S Atlantic
Dillon, MT 59725-3598
University of Providence
1301 20th St S
Great Falls, MT 59405-4996
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx