May 28, 2022  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Early Childhood Education: P3 Transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula

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Most Montana four-year colleges and universities have teacher training programs in both elementary and secondary education. Elementary teachers are certified by the state to teach grades K-8. As preK-3 certification requirements change, the time is optimal to get a degree in PreK-3 or add on to an existing degree or certification.  The national job outlook for teachers for the next five to ten years is quite favorable due to projected high levels of retirement in Montana and nationally.

Students may begin their teacher training at FVCC and in most cases complete their education in an additional two years at a transfer institution.

Admission into teacher education programs at four-year schools can be competitive and requires good grades, experience working with youth, and strong recommendations. Students need to apply to the school of education at their transfer school, usually the semester prior to starting at that school.  Education requirements vary from school to school, as well as deadlines to apply for admission into the School of Education.  Therefore, it is important for students to meet with their advisor regularly.

If time permits, students may consider taking additional coursework to fulfill concentration or endorsement requirements at their transfer institutions. For example, ECP 100 ECP 100 - First Aid and CPR  could be taken but current certification is needed prior to student teaching, so a student may want to wait until the semester prior to student teaching.

Students should consult their advisors and their transfer institutions for specific recommendations.

Associate of Science Degree

Suggested course of study for a transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula

First Year- Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 14

Second Semester Total: 17

Second Year - Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 13

Second Semester Total: 16

Total Credits: 60

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.


EDU 222 Educational Psychology and Child Development  is a requirement at UM.  If time allows, students can take it at FVCC.

HEE 233 Health Issues of Children and Adolescents  can be taken at FVCC, or students can wait and take HEE 330 Promoting Well-being in P-12 Classrooms at UM.

EDU 201 Introduction to Education with Field Experience  is not required for tranfer to UM; however, taking it at FVCC may help students determine their career path.

Advising Information:

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                   
Jori Bullemer Eliza Thomas, M.A.
LRC 129 BSS 120
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-4865

The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements  for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.

The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.

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