MSU Billings Catalog

Political Science Teaching Licensure Option Bachelor of Science Degree *Program placed on moratorium*

All students desiring licensure to teach are required to file an Application for Admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements 131
Professional Core (see below)34-36
Required Courses
EDU 497AMethods: 5-12 Social Studies2
PSCI 210Intro to American Government *3
PSCI 220Intro to Comparative Govt *3
PSCI 230Intro to International Rel *3
PSCI 240Introduction to Public Admin3
PSCI 260Intro to State and Local Govt3
PSCI 342Media, Public Opinion, Polling3
Restricted Electives
Select two courses from two of the three areas of concentration or from other political science courses that may satisfy this requirement. Nine of the 12 credits in Restricted Electives must be upper division.12
Area 1: International Relations and Comparative Government
International Conflict
Comparative Political Economy
Area 2: The Legal System
Federal Indian Law
Const Law: Civil Liberties
Const Law: Powers & Structures
Area 3: U.S. Government
American Foreign Policy
Political Parties & Elections
American Presidency
U.S. Congress
Courts and Judicial Politics
Other Courses which may be used to satisfy Restricted Electives:
Special Topics
Independent Study
Internship/Cooperative Educ
Restricted electives selected with advisor approval6
Unrestricted Electives25
Total Minimum Credits128

 Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites. 

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