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Director of Teacher Education Field Experience/Licensing Officer

Department:  Education
Position:  Full-time, MUS contract professional with full benefits package
Wage:  11-Month FT; (50% Summer Contract for June/July); $38,000-$42,000
Union Affiliation:  None
Posting Date:  June 2018
Start Date:  July 1, 2018


The successful candidate will work with students in all licensure programs of the Division of Education to coordinate field placements, communicate licensure expectations, and facilitate the licensure process.  The Director of Field Experience is responsible for field experience placements, including student teaching, as well as shorter field experiences associated with courses throughout the P-12 education curriculum.  Additionally, the Director serves as the instructor of record for all sections of student teaching, which entails providing support and information to students as they prepare to student teach and while they are engaged in their student teaching experience. The Director is responsible for securing excellent student field experience placements through impeccable communication with school partners, mentor teachers, and University supervisors. Some state-wide travel is required. The Director of Field Experience identifies and trains University supervisors and tracks evaluation data for student teachers, interns, and students in field experiences. In addition, the Director of Field Experience is the Licensing Officer for the University of Montana Western and is responsible for communicating all Montana (and adjacent states) licensing requirements and changes to the teacher candidates and Education faculty.  The Director also coordinates the post baccalaureate program.   The Director of Field Experience reports directly to the Division Chair of Education. 

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Education

  • Three or more years successful teaching in K12 schools

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Ability to work well with students and faculty


Send letter of application responding to the job description, a curriculum vita, transcripts, evaluations of teaching, if available, names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three (3) current professional references to:

Patti Lake
Payroll and Benefits Supervisor
Administration and Finance
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St.
Dillon, MT 59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Estee Aiken, Division Chair of Education, via email to or by calling 406-683-7035.

Review of applications will begin immediately, however the position will remain open until filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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