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Montana Western Ranked Among Best Affordable Early Childhood Education Programs

The University of Montana Western was recently ranked as one of the "Best Affordable Early Childhood Education Programs" in the nation by University Headquarters is an industry-leading, independent educational organization that offers an all-in-one source for information on colleges, entrance requirements and career paths.

According to Univeristy HQ, “An early childhood education degree becomes affordable when the graduate is able to start a career in their chosen field and not spend too long under the burden of their college debt. In the case of ECE, graduates are sure to find an expanding array of opportunities in our current climate.”

When seeking an affordable early childhood education college degree, there are more factors in play than just cost. Other factors can include the overall reputation and quality of education, whether the classes are online or in classrooms, and the academic focus of the program. When making this rankings list, University HQ considered retention rate, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, graduating salary, and cost of tuition.

The University of Montana Western ranked 56th on the national list and was the only Montana university to be featured. UMW offers in-state tuition of $5,747 and an out-of-state tuition of $17,209, with tuition discount opportunities for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students. To view the full list, visit

The fields of academic study at Montana Western include Biology, Business and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Education, English, Equine Studies, Health and Human Performance, Fine Arts, Mathematics, and History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences.

Students at the University of Montana Western enjoy a tight-knit community atmosphere and small class sizes where they work closely with peers and professors alike. Montana Western focuses on serving students, achieving academic excellence, and promoting experiential education. The 20-acre campus is an excellent choice for students to take advantage of the immersive learning opportunities offered by the Experience One program, where they can build on critical and creative thinking skills to prepare for real-world job and graduate school opportunities.

For more information about Experience One and the University of Montana Western, or to schedule a visit, call 877-683-7331 or visit

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