Graduate Master of Education Residency

Graduate M.Ed

Earn a Master of Education and Certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration and Northwest Natural History

Establish your career in environmental education by earning a Master of Education degree while working with some of 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 State. Course work emphasizes field science, experiential learning, teaching strategies and nonprofit administration.

This unique professional residency is fully integrated into a degree program at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

In addition to a M.Ed. degree, our students earn two certificates:

The seven-quarter program begins in August with a summer of outdoor explorations and ends with two quarters at the WWU campus in Bellingham. Financial Aid, Work Study and Scholarships help students achieve their goals.

Ready to make a difference? 
If you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. Come visit our campus and see for yourself. , our Graduate Outreach Assistant,
to request an informational packet or schedule your campus visit!



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
North Cascades Institute

This unique professional residency is fully integrated into a degree program at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

Western Washington University
Western Washington University is the highest-ranked public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest according to college rankings from U.S. News and World Report, was named a Top 50 university offering “outstanding value with a first-class education” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and ranked in the top 50 of Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools!