Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education is the flagship institution for education in the state of Montana. The college supports students pursuing degrees in counseling education, teaching and learning, and educational leadership.
Points of Pride
- In addition to the College's three academic departments, the College is also home to the State of Montana’s virtual school, the Montana Digital Academy, the National Native Children’s Trauma Center, as well as the Montana Safe Schools Center.
- Students have access to dynamic sites of learning and programs of service, including the Learning and Belonging (LAB) Preschool.
- 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 in the Counseling Education program.
- Fully-online graduate degree programs are now offered in Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership and Teacher Librarian programs.
UM Foundation Support
- 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 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 Counseling Education and the Montana Digital Academy, too, will benefit from modernized clinical space, outreach facilities and technology.
- A $5 million gift from the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust funded The Alice Lund instructional Auditorium. The “ALi” houses a large, flexible instructional space which supports active learning. Coupled with the ability to livestream and record, the ALi is home to both faculty and students on campus, as well as those who teach and learn from a distance. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, the ALi will also be the home of the new Wes Moholt Lecture Series.