M.Ed. in Environmental Education
UPDATE: Both the Campus-Based and NCI programs are not accepting any applicants at this time. Please check in again in Fall 2020.
NCI CAPSTONE PRESENTATION UPDATE: Every year during the finals week of Winter quarter, a group of M.Ed. students present their capstones (Thesis-like, hour long presentations) at the Environmental Learning Center at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades National Park. Over the last two years, nine students of cohort 18 have been exploring various important topics that relate to environmental education and have prepared a wide diversity of presentations. They invite their parents, staff, and faculty to the capstone week (including a Friday graduation ceremony) and it is a celebratory and intellectually stimulating time. It is with deep regret that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute have decided to cancel the capstone presentations and graduation ceremony that were initially scheduled to occur March 17-20th.
Graduate Program Coordinator: Ed Weber
Program Adviser: Dr Nick Stanger
The philosophy of environmental education at Huxley College is that it is to be broad and inclusive. The goal of environmental education, in the words of the 1976 Belgrade Charter that saw the international spread of the profession, is “to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.” Since then, environmental education has diversified greatly, and now takes place in formal classrooms, school grounds, nature centers, outdoor and environmental education programs, government agency programs, mass- and social-media venues, and community-based programs in businesses, faith communities, international conservation, and environmental-social justice movements.
At Huxley, our environmental education programs focus on the human relationship to nature, with special emphasis on the intrinsic development of the learner in his or her own culture. Currently we offer several options for educators seeking an M.Ed. in environmental education.
WWU Campus-based Master's in Education
The campus-based, non-thesis master's option serves teachers and others who wish to develop background and skill to incorporate environmental education into their educational work. Students develop a focus which requires the application of knowledge to design a field project which suits their vision of environmental education. This program does not provide teacher certification. If desired, that must be pursued separately. All graduate students are expected to develop and implement creative projects that will aid their own practice with the guidance and advice of the program advisor and other teachers.
The campus-based, master's option with thesis serves students who wish to pursue a scholarly path in environmental education while also developing practical skills. Students develop a question which requires conducting original theoretical or empirical research, and which suits their vision of environmental education. This program does not provide teacher certification. If desired, that must be pursued separately. All graduate students are expected to develop and implement creative projects that will aid their own practice, with the guidance and advice of the program advisor and other teachers.
Application deadline: Please contact the WWU Graduate School for applicable deadline dates. Students are accepted for all quarters for the two WWU campus-based programs, though a fall quarter start is encouraged. For other requirements, please follow the individual links above to the WWU Catalog.
Master's in Education Offered in Partnership with North Cascades Institute
UPDATE: The M.Ed, NCI-Residency Program has been placed in MORATORIUM for the Summer 2019 admission season. The WWU M.Ed. Graduate program is undergoing a redesign and is not accepting new graduate students for the professional Residency track at North Cascades Institute for 2019. We apologize in advance for any problems this may cause.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The NCI-Residency Program is not currently approved for International Students. WWU is working the lengthy process with the US State Dept to have this location approved and will announce when authorized.
The Residency track involves a close collaboration between Huxley College and the North Cascades Institute (NCI). WWU awards the M.Ed. and NCI awards a Certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration for completion of the residency. Northwest Naturalist Certification is also offered. Students in this track produce a portfolio of projects stemming from coursework and the residency, including curriculum design, natural history, nonprofit organization, evaluation, and professional presentation; in addition they must pass a comprehensive exam. This program does not provide teacher certification. If desired, that must be pursued separately. All graduate students are expected to develop and implement creative projects that will aid their own practice, with the guidance and advice of the program advisor and other teachers.
Application deadline: Students are accepted in this specialization summer quarter only. Please contact the WWU Graduate School for application deadlines and requirements. Additional information and application materials for this specialization should also be requested from the North Cascades Institute.