Graduation Year


Graduation Month


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts – Education

School or Department

Curriculum and Instruction


Education – Elementary Education

Faculty Mentor

Lisa M. Blank

Faculty Mentor Department

Curriculum and Instruction


STEM, Teacher Preparation, Common Core, NGSS

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Elementary Education and Teaching | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Science and Mathematics Education


The goal of this thesis is to find out how K-8 teacher education programs in Montana can

be improved to better prepare teachers to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. While research has been done on what types of courses best prepare teachers for the classroom, my study focuses on how well Montana colleges and universities prepare K-8 certified teachers to teach STEM concepts. A survey was sent out to K-8 certified teachers across Montana to determine how well new teachers can utilize the technology available in their classrooms and what concepts within Common Core Math and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) teachers are adequately prepared to teach in their first few years. Results were inconclusive, as the response rate of the survey was too low to be statistically significant. However, the data collected has implications for future research as the Montana Office of Public Instruction and Montana colleges and universities must decide if it possible to provide teacher candidates with enough depth in STEM content areas in a broad K-8 certification program.

Honors College Research Project




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