Montana State University

EDCI 588-801: Project Archaeology Educator Field School

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Virginia City, MT
Aug 04-Aug 08, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $564.80
Instructor(s): Crystal Alegria

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Course Description

Please note that 588 courses are intended as professional development for practicing teachers and cannot be applied toward credit requirements for graduate degree programs.

Project Archaeology Educator Field School August 4-8, 2014 Virginia City, MT Join Project Archaeology in historic Virginia City, Montana this summer and learn how to bring archaeology and history into your classroom! You will receive the research-based curriculum guide, "Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter" which addresses the goals of the Montana Common Core. This guide will help you take learning to a deeper level by incorporating English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. The guide is inquiry-based, cross-curricular, includes performance-based assessments, incorporates the indigenous voice and promotes cultural understanding. Students learn to analyze artifacts, primary documents, and oral histories related to authentic archaeological sites using the basics of scientific inquiry (observation, inference, evidence and classification) providing students with college and career readiness skills. While in Virginia City, you will be immersed in the history of this significant gold rush town, learning from local historians, archaeologists, and members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. Hope you can join us as we travel back in time to learn about Montana's historic past!

This course may also be taken for non-credit.

Meeting Place and Times


Housing Info:
There is housing available at the Bonanza Inn in Virginia City at no cost. To register at the Bonanza Inn, please contact Crystal Alegria at (406) 994-6925. These are dorm style rooms, so you will need to bring linens and towels. There is a kitchen area (including refrigerator, stove, microwave, etc) available in the Bonanza Inn that will be available for you to use to cook meals during the course if you are interested.


Crystal Alegria, MA. Ms. Alegria is coordinator for Project Archaeology, a national archaeology and heritage education program. She has worked in heritage and archaeological education for the last ten years with an emphasis on curriculum development for upper elementary students. Ms. Alegria has a B.S. in Anthropology and an M.A. in History from Montana State University.

Target Audience

This course is designed for upper elementary teachers. You will receive full instruction in archaeological science for the classroom and a complete curriculum guide, "Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter."  

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $25.00
 Computer Fee$6.80

Non-residents will have to pay the full tuition even if they have hit the tuition cap.

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Girl From the Gulches
    Author: Ellen Baumler
    ISBN: 978-0917298974
    Price: Approximately $15.00 plus shipping and handling

For More Information

Contact Crystal Alegria at 406-994-6925 or email at

For Registration Questions: Contact office of Continuing Education, (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660,

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