M.Ed. Graduate Program

M.Ed. Graduate

Earn a Master of Education, Certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Naturalist Certification

Grad 316x211Establish your career in environmental education by earning a M.Ed. while working with the Northwest’s best educators, naturalists and conservation leaders. North Cascades Institute offers a unique professional residency program designed to prepare students in all aspects of environmental education while living among the towering peaks of the North Cascades region in Washington. Course work explores environmental education while placing an emphasis on field science, cultural studies, teaching and nonprofit administration.

"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." -Saul Weisberg, Executive Director

Unlike many other graduate residency experiences, our professional residency is fully integrated into a degree program at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. A Master of Education in Environmental Education with a Certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration is earned upon completion of the integrated course work. The seven-quarter program begins with a summer of field studies in the North Cascades.

For more information on how to apply, visit or send an email to to request an informational packet or schedule a campus tour and program orientation.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2014: The program will begin on July 28, 2014 with an intensive one-month field experience based at the Learning Center and North Cascades National Park with trips to Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee Forests. Students will be introduced to the region and community of the greater North Cascades as a microcosm for the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental education programs. The Institute will arrange for summer housing at the Environmental Learning Center and/or in the nearby towns of Newhalem or Diablo.

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Western Washington University is the highest-ranked public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest according to 2013 college rankings from U.S. News and World Report!