What will I learn?

The Department of Education offers a teacher education program for students seeking teaching careers in grades kindergarten through eight (K-8). The Elementary Education major is designed to provide a broad educational foundation with a focus on how science, technology, engineering and math interconnect within the language arts, social studies, arts, and health enhancement curricula. This program content is essential in the preparation of successful K-8 pre-service teachers.

Prospective elementary school teachers follow a program of study the first two years which is essentially the same for all students. There is sufficient flexibility, however, for specialization in the various teaching options available.

One of the major attributes of the Elementary Education program at Montana State University is its extensive field experience component. This includes service learning experiences in the freshman year, micro-teaching experiences in the After School Partnership in the sophomore year, and two practicum teaching semesters prior to student teaching. During these semesters, students spend the equivalent of four half-days for a minimum of eight weeks in supervised settings working directly with children while concurrently completing methods courses on campus. The final clinical experience is student teaching where students spend fourteen weeks in a supervised classroom setting.

Students in the Elementary Education K-8 program can choose to add the following options: early childhood, mathematics, science, and/or special education. These options permit students to focus in these specific areas in addition to completing the K-8 degree requirements. The options, while not providing additional endorsements in the specialties addressed, do allow for added study in each area.


  • Early Childhood Education Option
  • Mathematics Option
  • Science Education Option
  • Special Education Option

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Health and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$28,264.00 per year
Start date

19 January 2022, 16 May 2022


College of Education, Health and Human Development

Montana State University,

250 Reid Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record.

For international students

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who can prove their English language proficiency and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5/4.0 on a U.S. scale will qualify for admission.

English Proficiency Examination:

  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 71
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 56
  • Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT): 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • iTEP: 3.7
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 55
  • PTE Academic: 48
  • APIEL: 3
  • English3: 58
  • EIKEN: Pre-1

Application Deadlines Fall Semester: July 1; Spring Semester: November 15; Summer Session: March 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.