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UMExtended Courses for Academic Credit, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, University of Montana

By partnering with academic departments at the University of Montana and a variety of sponsoring agencies, UMExtended is able to offer an array of academic credit courses designed for teacher recertification, professional development, and personal enrichment. 

These academic credit courses are typically organized by, funded by, and taught by organizations that are not a part of UM.  By working through the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, community providers of education can offer university credit if their course meets UM’s standards for academic rigor and the course is taught by an instructor with the appropriate credentials.

The most common offerings are field/experiential courses, continuing training for teachers, and international travel courses.  Courses begin and end throughout each semester, and course length varies from a long weekend to several months.  Students register with and pay a course fee directly to the sponsoring agency and enroll for credit and pay a credit recording fee ($135/course) to UM. 

While sponsored courses offer UM credit, they are quite different from state-supported courses. 

  • Since standard tuition & fees are not paid to UM, sponsored courses do not count toward the tuition flat spot, do not count toward minimum credits for UM student services, and do not generate FTE for the university.
  • There is no price differential for residents and non-residents.
  • Credit enrollment is not via Cyberbear, but a form distributed by the sponsoring agency. 
  • Formal admission to UM is not required.
  • Fee waivers and VA Education Benefits do not apply.
  • Student financial aid does not automatically apply, but may be possible with additional paperwork.
  • Credits do not automatically apply toward a degree program, so students should ask their academic advisor before enrolling.  Credit will appear on a UM transcript under a Continuing Ed term.

Click the links below for more information:

Holly Kulish

Program Manager

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