MSU Billings Catalog

Secondary Majors Teaching Licensure

Professional Core Requirements 

The Professional Core at Montana State University Billings combines the intellectual foundations of education and the professional knowledge and skills required of all teachers into a coherent sequence of courses. The core provides the basis for understanding the philosophical, historical, cultural, and sociopolitical means by which society attempts cultural transmission and it provides the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that are essential for effective instruction. It includes the range of human development and learning as they affect instructional planning, evaluation, curriculum design and implementation, performance skills, management of classrooms, direction of students, professional responsibilities, and ethical issues affecting teacher effectiveness.

At different points in its sequence of courses, the Professional Core engages students in supervised practice applying their developing knowledge and skills. By having faculty who hold diverse disciplinary perspectives teach throughout its sequence, the Professional Core encourages students to develop a professionally responsible understanding of the diversity that defines learners and teachers. The student teaching experience completes the sequence and includes both a final look at classroom skills and a capstone seminar.

The Professional Core presents a balanced approach to epistemology from philosophical, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The core is predicated on the evidential nature of knowledge required for the professional practice of education. While the professional practice of education is also informed by belief and intuition, it is ultimately defensible only to the extent that it has evidential support. The Professional Core engages students in both the processes and products of human knowing as such knowing is central to all aspects of education. The Professional Core involves the

  1. creation,
  2. facilitation of change,
  3. transmission, and
  4. application of human knowledge across the diversity of ways in which individuals understand human knowledge.

Secondary and K-12

EDSP 204Intro to Tchng Exceptnl Lrnrs3
EDU 105Education and Democracy *3
EDU 220Human Growth & Development3
EDU 221Educ Psyc & Measurement3
EDU 333Rd & Wrtng Across Curriculum3
EDU 354Secondary Junior Field2
EDU 380Intro Curriculum Plan/Practice2
EDU 406Phil, Legal & Ethical Issues3
EDU 495AStudent Teaching: K-129
or EDU 495C Student Teaching: 5-12
HTH 412Drugs and Alcohol1
Content Area Methods Course2-3
Total Minimum Credits34-35