Many Elementary Education graduates teach in upper elementary (grades 4-8) or middle school (grades 7-8). The following Option Areas provide candidates with a greater depth of knowledge than can be attained within a broadfield Elementary Education Major alone. To increase their hiring options, the Education Department strongly recommends that all Elementary Education majors complete either an additional Major or a Minor which leads to licensure in Montana, the Early Childhood Education Minor, or one of the Middle School Option Areas listed below. These Option Areas do not lead to licensure, and must be taken in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major.
Any of the Middle School Options may be combined with the Elementary Education, BS major. Any education minor may be combined with any education degrees.
Mathematics Middle School Option
A “Mathematics Option” transcript notation is available only with the Elementary Education, BS degree. Work with a Mathematics Department faculty advisor to ensure courses are taken in the correct sequence and have all the correct prerequisites.
Students should refer to the Mathematics Major if they wish to pursue a Secondary Education teaching license in Mathematics.