UM Ranks in Top Ten ‘Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs’

July 16, 2015

The UM Learning and Belonging Preschool provides Master of Education students in Early Childhood Education programs with real-world, clinical experience to enhance their understanding of child development and positive guidance.

MISSOULA – The new Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, offered by the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana, recently ranked 10th in SuperScholar’s “50 Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs.”

SuperScholar based its Smart Choice rankings on national accreditation, affordability of the program, college and university reputation, and flexibility in course scheduling and offerings. The list is online at

“It’s an honor to be recognized so early in our Master of Education Early Childhood program,” said Kristin Dahl Horejsi, director of the UM Learning and Belonging Preschool and co-developer of the new degree. “This is a testament to the thoughtful development of coursework and curriculum.”

The only degree of its kind in Montana, this program will serve to benefit the state’s youngest populations and those who work with them. The coursework will be delivered in an online format to create a readily accessible master’s degree option for current teachers and other human-service professionals to prepare them for emerging needs in the workforce.

“This is an innovative and accessible program that has been needed in Montana for quite some time,” said Susan Harper-Whalen, associate dean of the college. “We are thrilled to be able to offer high-quality, advanced degrees to early childhood professionals across the state and in a format that works with their schedules and professional demands.”

For more information about the program, visit the Early Childhood Education website at

Contact: Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-4911,