Education Graduate Programs at UM Earn Top Rankings for High Quality

January 13, 2016

MISSOULA The University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences recently earned two top national rankings for its graduate programs in curriculum and instruction.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UM among the “2016 Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” noting UM’s College of Education for its significant number of online graduate programs, access to tenure-track faculty and a curriculum-delivery model that enables greater collaboration and connection to peers and mentors than other traditional education programs.

“Continued recognition of our strong programs in education helps validate the incredible amount of time and effort our faculty invest in creating the best educators,” said Roberta Evans, College of Education dean. “Our students remain at the center of what we do and this acknowledgement reflects that.”

The second nationwide ranking came from Top Masters in Education. It ranked UM among “The Top 50 Best Value Masters in Special Education Programs,” at the No. 29 spot. UM strives to maintain a special-education program to prepare students who seek initial licensure in special education, as well as for teachers currently working in the field of teaching but who are seeking to serve students with special needs.

“I am so pleased that we are being recognized for our outstanding program in special education,” said Georgia Cobbs, chair of UM’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “The wealth of expertise and experience held by the faculty in our program is astounding and is clearly reflected in this ranking.”

UM’s graduate programs in curriculum and instruction incorporate the integration of ideas, cooperative endeavors, respect for learning and individual worth to successfully prepare education professionals who will work in K-12 classrooms, in teacher education programs and as district curriculum leaders.

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