How to Apply:

Apply online to Western Washington University’s Graduate School at

Application materials received by January 15 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.

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.

We’re looking for people with a passion for field-based environmental education who want to influence change by building healthy, creative organizations. That means an equal interest in field teaching techniques and the behind-the-scenes work that makes programs happen and organizations thrive.

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. The professional residency at the Institute is the only one of its kind that is fully integrated into a degree program. 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.

The Institute's Environmental Learning Center, an award-winning, green-built residential education facility opened in 2005, is surrounded by over 700,000 acres of wilderness and features graduate student housing, classrooms and laboratories, a library, computer lounge and dining hall nestled on the forested shores of Diablo Lake. While Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver B.C. are but a few hours away, you'll enjoy the focus and inspiration that your mountain getaway inspires.

When you complete the Institute's integrated M.Ed. program, you are ready for doors to open on your new career!