UM College of Education, Bitterroot College Partner on New Master’s Program

Bitterroot College in Hamilton, Montana.

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Bitterroot College are partnering to bring a Master of Arts in Education program to Hamilton.

The core of this partnership focuses on four areas: educational research, learning and assessment, critical social issues. The program will be offered with 12 credits, a three-credit thesis and 15 credits of electives. Students can select from a broad range of topics, including literacy, library, special education, early childhood, gifted education and leadership all taught by UM faculty who are renowned experts in the field of education.

“This meaningful partnership gives the college of education the opportunity to have a presence in the Bitterroot and get broader reach for the Master of Arts in Education program,” said Angela McLean, Bitterroot College interim director. “Courses are offered in a high-flex, accessible format, with options for students to take courses online, in-person, remote and hybrid, and can be completed in as little as 15 months.”

Bitterroot College will act as the main informational hub for the partnership, providing individualized support to interested parties and enrolled students.

The Hamilton cohort and initial course will begin in the spring of 2023, and there will be a special registration and advising window for interested applicants.

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Contact: Angela McLean, Bitterroot College interim director,