Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences is the flagship institution for education and human sciences in the state of Montana. The college has more than 1,000 undergraduate and 400 graduate students pursuing degrees in communicative sciences and disorders, counselor education, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and health and human performance.

Points of Pride

  • In addition to the College's five academic departments, the College is also home to the State of Montana’s virtual school, the Montana Digital Academy, as well as the National Native Children’s Trauma Center.
  • The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is the only program in the state that prepares students to become Speech-Language Pathologists.
  • Students have access to dynamic sites of learning and programs of service, including the Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool, the DeWit RITE Care Clinic, and the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism (WPEM).
  • The College’s unique Biomechanics Lab houses rare, state-of-the-art equipment used to study sports-related injuries, the mechanics of human movement, and strength/endurance practices. Through this lab, faculty and students have been involved in various studies in collaboration with staff from other nationally renowned centers such as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education has been ranked in the Top 10 Online ECE programs in the nation. It is the only Early Childhood Education graduate program available in the state.
  • The College has a 100% job placement rate out of the Athletic Training, Counselor Education, and Speech-Language Pathology programs.
  • Fully-online graduate degree programs are now offered in Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Teacher Librarian programs.

UM Foundation Support

  • The College's top priorities are people (scholarships and faculty awards), programs (expansion of strategic initiatives), and impact/outreach (activities that directly benefit communities statewide through applied research and service).
  • Every gift makes a difference! A contribution of $50, $75 or $100 can make a lasting impact by funding a micro grant for an economically disadvantaged student teacher to purchase professional attire for the classroom or by providing transportation assistance for graduate student completing a clinical placement in a rural community.
  • In 2017, the College of Education & Human Sciences received at $10 million gift, the largest in its history, resulting in a significant expansion of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center and multiple programs within the College. In particular, the Learning and Belonging Preschool and Early Childhood Education programs will see a significant increase in size and prominence throughout the region. The Department of Counselor Education and the Montana Digital Academy, too, will benefit from modernized clinical space, outreach facilities, and technology.


Chris RitrieviTo find out more about supporting the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, contact Chris Ritrievi, Vice President of Development.

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