M.Ed. Graduate Program

M.Ed. Graduate

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

Explore the Graduate M.Ed. Program  in photosWe’re looking for people with a passion for field-based environmental education who want to influence change by contributing to healthy, creative organizations and communities. Establish your career in environmental education by earning a Master of Education degree 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 State. Course work emphasizes field science, experiential learning, teaching strategies and nonprofit administration.

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.

"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

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

  • a Nonprofit Administration and Leadership Certificate: Learn all aspects of nonprofit development and management and improve your ownleadership skills through training and coursework
  • Northwest Natural History Certificate: Work with professional biologists and conservationists during seasonal, week-long intensive ecology retreats to hone your naturalist skills 


The seven-quarter program begins in July 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.

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

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Joshua Porter: Graduate Program Director

big_quotation_mark.pngIf you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. I invite you to come visit the North Cascades Environmental Study-JoshuaLearning Center and see for yourself!

You can also contact me at or (206) 526-2568 with any questions.