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 a table of top-rated teaching programs, a list of accredited 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.
Stats on Schools with Teaching Programs
- There are 16 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Montana.1
- 8 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 9 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 4 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- Highest graduation rate*: Carroll College 66%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: University of Great Falls 45%.1
- Highest net price per year*: Carroll College $22,825.1
- Lowest net price per year*: Salish Kootenai College $8,591.1
- Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Montana*: $8,375-$23,789.2
- No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017.
- 2 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: Montana State University (#135-tie), University of Montana (#135-tie).
- 1 school ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: University of Montana (#183).
- 4 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*
*For not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.
Top-Rated 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. 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 2014-2015 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%||739||141||—||$11,680|
|Montana State University-Bozeman||Yes||95%||97%||448||180||—||$14,953|
|Montana State University-Northern||No||1%||—||52||40||—||$10,523|
|Rocky Mountain College||No||32%||42%||75||11||—||$19,412|
|Salish Kootenai College||No||—||—||37||20||—||$8,648|
|University of Great Falls||No||41%||16%||44||24||—||$13,894|
|University of Montana-Missoula||Yes||—||—||363||151||—||$10,768|
|University of Montana-Western||Yes||3%||7%||451||92||—||$20,247|
*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
University of Montana: 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.
Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP
- Montana State University-Billings
- Montana State University-Bozeman
- University of Montana-Missoula
- University of Montana-Western
Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Montana
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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 Great Falls
1301 20th St S
Great Falls, MT 59405-4996
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/s/montana/?type=private&type=public
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
4. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: 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 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/home.do
8. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx