When to Apply:

  • Apply by September 15th for admission for Spring 2023.
  • Apply by February 15th for admission for Fall 2023.

All applicants seeking admission to the M.A. in Education offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning must:

1. Complete the Graduate School online applicaction (with a $60 fee).

2. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Official transcripts can be sent via your prior institution or from a third-party vendor (National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, or eScript) to:  grad.school@umontana.edu.

Mailed transcripts must be sent directly from the degree granting institution via sealed mail to:

University of Montana
Graduate School
32 Campus Drive #2592
Missoula, MT 59812-2592

  • UM alumni do not need to provide official transcripts.

3. Complete the Department of Teaching & Learning M.A. program application via Submittable with the following items:

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Prior degree information (degree type, institution, major areas of study, date earned, GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders who will receive a prompt from Submittable
  • One item  from the list below if your undergraduate GPA meets the minimum 3.0. Two items from the list below if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0:Official GRE scores. (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher)
    Official MAT score. (383 or higher)
    Official transcript from an institution awarding an M.A./M.Ed./M.S. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    500-word essay response to the following prompt: "Select and describe on significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay also fulfills the essay requirement for all licensure applicants described below.)
    National Board Certification.

*This application includes an abbreviated description of the Teaching & Learning Graduate Program requirements found in: The Graduate Program Handbook.

When to Apply:

  • Apply by September 15th for admission for Spring 2022.
  • Apply by February 15th for admission for Fall 2022.

All applicants seeking admission to the Department of Teaching & Learning M.Ed. program with options in initial elementary and secondary licensure, early childhood education, special education and teacher librarian must:

1. Initiate a background check with fingerprinting, per the instructions on our website (also detailed within the Submittable application).

2. Complete the Graduate School online applicaction (with a $60 fee).

3. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Official transcripts can be sent via your prior institution or from a third-party vendor (National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, or eScript) to:  grad.school@umontana.edu.

Mailed transcripts must be sent directly from the degree granting institution via sealed mail to:

University of Montana
Graduate School
32 Campus Drive #2592
Missoula, MT 59812-2592

  • UM alumni do not need to provide official transcripts.

4. Complete the Department of Teaching & Learning M.Ed. program application via Submittable with the following items:

  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Prior degree information (degree type, institution, major areas of study, date earned, GPA)
  • Three letters of recommendation. You will provide email addresses for your recommenders who will receive a prompt from Submittable
  • One item  from the list below if your undergraduate GPA meets the minimum 3.0. Two items from the list below if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0:Official GRE scores. (Revised test: Verbal of 146 or higher, Quantitative of 143 or higher, and Writing of 4.0 or higher)
    Official MAT score. (383 or higher)
    Official transcript from an institution awarding an M.A./M.Ed./M.S. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    500-word essay response to the following prompt: "Select and describe on significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay also fulfills the essay requirement for all licensure applicants described below.)
    National Board Certification.

5. Background check with fingerprinting ackowledgements (completed within Submittable):

  • Initial Background Check Screening Form (in Submittable application)
  • Background Check Authorization Form (in Submittable application)
  • Application and Notice NPCA VCA Form. A link to this form will be emailed to your official UM email address (or to the email address provided in your application)

6. A 500-word essay response to the following prompt: "Select and describe one significant learning experience from your life. Identify what you learned and explain how it will contribute to your work as a teacher." (Note: This essay also fulfills the GPA requirements described above.)

7. Written description of experience with children and youth. This is a two-to-three paragraph document, separate from the resume and the essay prompt.

*This application includes an abbreviated description of the Teaching & Learning Graduate Program requirements found in: The Graduate Program Handbook.

All students seeking licensure to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Incomplete or handwritten applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 15 for spring admission and 5 p.m. February 15 for autumn admission. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, all application materials need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first working day after the due date.

Students are eligible for consideration for admission if they have:

  • Been admitted to the University of Montana.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester credits (not including developmental or technical courses).
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits) of 2.75.
  • Achieved or demonstrated progress toward a 2.75 GPA in the Major Core Courses.
  • Completed an English composition course (WRIT 101) with a grade of C- or better.
  • Evidence of competent writing ability as provided in an application writing sample.
  • Appropriate experience working with children or youth.
  • Supportive recommendations from two faculty members familiar with the applicant’s college-level academic work. One recommendation must be from a faculty member in the student's major department.
  • Demonstration of effective communication and collaboration in a group interview. 
  • Results from a completed national fingerprint-based background check. (Background check packets are available at Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center.)  The Office of Field Experiences must receive the results of your background check from the Montana Department of Justice by 5 p.m. on April 14. Students whose background checks are not received by this deadline will be required to unenroll from any Teacher Education Program courses for Autumn 2023 and will be admitted to the TEP only when a cleared background check is received.  Please note:  this application requires a NEW background check be completed using the background check packet from Teacher Education Services (other current background checks will NOT fulfill this requirement).


The following is the Teacher Education Program Admission Application and an abbreviated overview of the program for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate secondary (5-12 and K-12) education students. The full Teacher Education Program Policy Handbook is available online on the forms page of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education website.  

All students seeking licensure to teach must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Incomplete or handwritten applications will not be accepted. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Sept. 15  for spring admission and 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 for autumn admission. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, all application materials need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on the first working day after the due date.

Students are eligible for consideration for admission if they have:


  • Been admitted to the University of Montana.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester credits (not including developmental or technical courses).
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA (including all transfer credits) of 2.75.
  • Achieved or demonstrated progress toward a 2.75 GPA in the Elementary or Early Childhood Core Courses.
  • Completed an English composition course (WRIT 101) with a grade of C- or better.
  • Evidence of competent writing ability as provided in an application writing sample.
  • Appropriate experience working with children or youth.
  • Supportive recommendations from two faculty members familiar with the applicant’s college-level academic work.
  • Demonstration of effective communication and collaboration in a group interview.
  • Results from a completed national fingerprint-based background check. (Background check packets are available at Teacher Education Services on the second floor of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center.)  The Office of Field Experiences must receive the results of your background check from the Montana Department of Justice by 5 p.m. on April 14. Students whose background checks are not received by this deadline will be required to unenroll from any Teacher Education Program courses for Autumn 2023 and will be admitted to the TEP only when a cleared background check is received.  Please note:  this application requires a NEW background check be completed using the background check packet from Teacher Education Services (other current background checks will NOT fulfill this requirement).


The following is the Teacher Education Program Admission Application and an abbreviated overview of the program for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate elementary education (K-8 and P-3) students. The full Teacher Education Program Policy Handbook is available online on the forms page of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education website.  

UM Department of Teaching & Learning