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ExtendedCredit Call for Courses

We are pleased to work with sponsoring organizations and UM academic departments to facilitate courses in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  Sponsored courses expand UM’s ability to offer unique learning opportunities with a wide range of topics and experiences. 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. Additional information about ExtendedCredit courses can be found at http://umt.edu/sell/extended.

Sponsoring agencies who wish to propose a course should read the information below.  New sponsoring agencies are encouraged to contact us and discuss the proposed course before submitting a course proposal.  Questions should be directed to Holly Kulish at 406-243-4168 or holly.kulish@umontana.edu

Course Proposal Information

Minimum Qualifications and Credit Recording Fee

A minimum of 15 hours of instruction over a 2-3 day period is required for each academic credit offered.

Instructors must possess a master's degree to teach undergraduate credit or a combination of undergraduate/graduate credit.  To teach graduate credit, a doctorate or other terminal degree is required.

A minimum of six to eight weeks is required between the submission of the Course Proposal packet and the course start date. This allows time for academic review and signature approval.  Courses may not be advertised for academic credit until signature approvals have been obtained, so plan to submit your course proposal 6-8 weeks before you wish to begin advertising.

Students will be charged a flat $135 credit recording fee for up to 5 credits for each course in addition to the fee charged by your agency.  Regular tuition and fees are not charged for sponsored courses.

Course Proposal Process

As an instructor or sponsoring agency, you will complete a Course Proposal Form detailing information about your course, prepare a syllabus to describe the course content, and provide an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae for the instructor of record. When your course proposal packet has been received and reviewed by Extended Courses, it will be forwarded to the appropriate academic department for the necessary signature approvals.  Approval of academic credit is not guaranteed.

After your course has been fully approved, you will receive a registration packet and instructions to help students register to receive academic credit. We will process academic credit registrations and provide you with a grade roster to assign grades.

We'll provide all the forms you'll need, definitions, guidelines, information on how to prepare a syllabus, and we'll consult with you throughout the process.

Sponsoring agencies who offer the same course year after year are eligible to submit a simplified Section Addition form instead of the full Course Proposal.

International courses only: If your course is held outside the United States, additional information is required by UM International Programs such as a risk management plan.  International course proposals should be submitted early to allow time for these extra steps.  Participants of an international course must possess international health insurance, complete an Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risk form, and register with the UM International Travel Registry.  Upon approval of academic credit, Extended Courses will connect you with UM International Programs to complete these additional steps. 

Course Proposal Form (for new courses or substantial changes)

A complete course proposal packet includes:

There is no fee to submit a course proposal.

Send the complete course proposal packet to:

Holly Kulish
School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
University of Montana
Missoula, MT  59812

If you need to drop materials off, we are located on the top floor of the James Todd Building on the UM campus.

Section Addition Form (for repeat courses)

Is your sponsored course essentially the same year after year?  If the course was approved for credit for any semester in 2013 or later and there are no substantial changes, you may now submit a Section Addition form instead of a full Course Proposal.  UM still needs to know course specifics, but there is no lengthy approval process.  Submit a Section Addition form several weeks before advertising that the course offers UM credit.

Submit a section addition form.

Substantial changes to a course may require submitting a full Course Proposal.  Substantial changes include:

  • Course number or course title
  • Number of credits
  • Grading method
  • Instructor
  • Major curriculum changes
  • If unsure, the sponsor/instructor should ask for guidance (Holly Kulish at 406-243-4168 or holly.kulish@umontana.edu)

Elements of a Syllabus

The following elements of a syllabus are a good guide for any discipline. 

Department and Course Number  —  Title

Instructor(s) and contact information

Dates and location of course

1.  Paragraph giving overview of the course

2.  Expected student learning outcomes (meaningful, rigorous)

3.  Schedule of course topics and activities (dates, days and times)

4.  Assessment that clearly connects to learning outcomes above, along with appropriate grading scale.

If the course is offered for both undergraduate and graduate credit, please differentiate the undergraduate and graduate expectations for evaluative assignments. The differentiation must be substantive.

Grading Options:

  1. Credit/No Credit:  usually used for workshops that do not contain homework, research component(s), and library components
  2. Traditional letter grade option:  clear distinctions among letter grades with requirements for each, all learning outcomes appropriately assessed, participation/attendance not part of assessment, research component(s) for graduate credit

5.  Course materials/readings

Who We Work With

We appreciate our relationships with all of our sponsoring agencies.  Here are a few of the organizations we work with:

AERIE Backcountry Medicine
America's Professor
American Federation of Teachers (Educational Research and Dissemination Program)
Big Sky Science Partnership
Center for Global Education
Connole-Morton Real Estate School
Ecology Project International
Flathead Lake Biological Station
Glacier Institute
Grant Kohrs Ranch
Intermountain
Missoula Fire Science Lab
Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures
Montana Writing Project
Montana Speech Language Hearing Association
National Geographic Education Foundation
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
Northwest Connections
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
SpatialSci
Wild Rockies Field Institute
WM-CSPD (Western Montana Comprehensive System of Professional Development) through OPI, Helena