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 1,200 undergraduate and 371 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 two allied units: The Montana Digital Academy and The Institute for Educational Research and Service.
  • The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders is the only program in the state that prepares students to become speech and language pathologists. 
  • Students have access to dynamic sites of learning and programs of service, including the LAB and Co-Teach Pre-Schools, RITE Care Clinic, and Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism (WPEM). The new Biomechanics Lab houses research of sporting event head injuries and a study focused on combat amputees in cooperation with staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • In each academic department, students prepare for careers of service by participating in field experiences throughout Montana. These experiences include clinical placements for future counselors, administrators, speech and language pathologists and community health professionals as well as student-teaching. During the academic year, the Office of Field Experiences places 800-1000 future teachers in Montana classrooms. Collaboration between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and The Montana Digital Academy enables pre-service teachers to teach in an on-line format, positioning the College and future graduates at the forefront of innovation in instruction.

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.

To make a gift to the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, please complete the form below.


To find out how to support The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, contact Twedt Hailes, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.
Erika Twedt