The Montana Council of Deans of Education (MCDE) fosters communication and collaboration among leaders of educator preparation programs (EPPs) and state partners for the purpose of continuously strengthening P20 education in Montana. Through collaboration across EPP institutions, MCDE develops a shared vision, goals, and model processes and programs, while recognizing and honoring the unique contribution and strengths of each EPP. Each EPP draws from its location and history to support candidates who differ culturally and contextually. Members provide one another support and feedback regarding educator preparation and EPP accreditation in Montana. When appropriate, MCDE seeks to inform public policy and accreditation standards related to P20 education in Montana and the nation. MCDE is comprised by 10 institutions including 5 public universities, 3 private colleges, and 2 Tribal Colleges.