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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Western's Continuing Education programs go beyond the university's traditional course offerings to provide students and community members with more choices. Courses for credit and non-credit are offered during evenings, weekends, and online. Western also offers coursework at numerous communities throughout Montana and Wyoming.Admission to the University of Montana Western is not required for those seeking continuing education thorugh professional development and non-credit courses.

Program Partners:

The School of Outreach has teamed up with educational services to offer professional development programs for educators and other professionals. Follow the links below to get detailed information on these special offerings. 

Caspari Montessori Institute - Montessori is an internationally known approach to education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori who transformed early education by following principles based on scientific observation, respect and the child’s need to learn by doing. UM-Western has collaborated with Caspari Montessori Institute to offer university credit for the Montessori early childhood courses.

ed2go Online Career Training Programs - Montana Western's School of Outreach in partnership with ed2go offers a wide range of highly interactive courses. These fast-paced online courses are affordable, fun, convvenient and geared just for you. Choose from over 300 courses in areas such as business, computer technology, health care, education and more. For more information visit

ed2go Online Certificate Training Programs Montana Western's School of Outreach in partnership with ed2go offers online, open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions for many in-demand occupations. Choose from over 100 online education programs in areas such as  business, healthcare, hospitality, media and design, industrial and more. For more information visit

Virtual Education Software - The University of Montana Western has partnered with Virtual Education Software, inc. to offer continuing education courses online. These interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule. These interactive courses cover a variety of subject areas including behavior management, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, violence in schools, learning disabilities, inclusion and more. VESi courses are now available in a new format which is tablet compatible. To view a course syllabus, please visit:

Montana Coaches Association - Montana Western's School of Outreach and the Montana Coaches Association team up during the annual Multi-Sports Clinic hosted in Great Falls, Montana. The MCA Multi-Sports Clinic is one of the last "all-sport clinics" in the country, providing professional development for coaches with the mission to raise the quality and competence of coaching and administration to the highest level possible. Learn more about the MCA at

Yellowstone Association Institute - Montana Western and the Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) have teamed up to provide teachers professional development through experiential learning. Institute courses are based in the field, and most require you to be an active participant. Some of the growing list of available courses include Naturalist Guide Certification, Yellowstone STEAM, and Introduction to Wolf Management and Ecology. Explore the YAI website at

Call the School of Outreach to register or request additional information at (406) 683-7537 or 1(866) 799-9140.

Outreach Staff

Outreach Staff

The friendly outreach staff are here to help you with lifelong learning needs. General program questions may be answered by email to: 

School of Outreach:

Dr. Anneliese Ripley, Dean

Continuing Education, Evening, Weekend & Internet Courses:

Program Coordinators

Ryann Gibson

Christina Peltier

Tori Durham
Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel):

Penny Walde, Director

Wendy Dumke, Program Coordinator

Outreach Home

Welcome to the University of Montana Western's School of Outreach

The School of Outreach provides high quality learning opportunities to citizens of all ages. These opportunities supplement Montana Western's traditional academic programs. We offer alternative and innovative educational experiences at locations on and off campus, as well as sites linked by technology. Courses are offered for college credit, continuing education credit, professional development, or no credit. Offerings include day, night and weekend classes; semester, seminar and workshop formats; and web-based and computer-based courses.

Visit the program sites listed in the sidebar for a listing of School of Outreach programs, services and course offerings.  For specific course descriptions or registration information call 406-683-7537, 866-799-9140 or email us at We are ready to assist you in your pursuit of lifelong learning.

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