The North Cascades Institute's Graduate M.Ed. Program offers you the opportunity of a lifetime: to live, learn and teach in North Cascades National Park in northwestern Washington State! Working in partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. program that blends leadership and nonprofit administration, curriculum development and instructional strategies, natural and cultural history and residential program operations. Students are accepted into Western Washington University and the North Cascades Institute residency simultaneously, and hands-on teaching experience combined with academic courses taught by Huxley College faculty complement each other throughout the program.

After completion of the seven-quarter program, students receive a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History from the North Cascades Institute.


How to Apply:

Apply online to Western Washington University’s Graduate School at

Application materials received by January 15, 2016 will receive a $500 residency fee discount.


Apply for financial aid through Western Washington University at

Apply for North Cascades Institute Scholarships online at


North Cascades Institute will begin reviewing applications in mid-January and will notify successful applicants as soon as possible. Scholarship receipients will be notified upon acceptance. Formal admission is offered to an applicant by Western Washington University Graduate School via letter upon receipt of the departmental recommendation, which typically happens in March.

North Cascades Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and other administered programs.