Graduate M.Ed Residency

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

North Cascades Institute has offered 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 has emphasized field science, experiential learning, teaching strategies and nonprofit administration. Students have earned a Master of Education degree while working with some of the Pacific Northwest’s best educators, naturalists and nonprofit leaders!

This professional residency has been fully integrated into a degree program at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

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

  • Nonprofit Leadership & Administration Certificate: Learn all aspects of nonprofit development and management and improve your own leadership skills through training and practical experience
  • Northwest Natural History Certificate: Work with professional biologists and community leaders during field intensives to hone and practice your naturalist skills 

The seven-quarter program has begun in August with a summer of outdoor fieldwork and has ended with two quarters at the WWU campus in Bellingham. Financial Aid, Work Study and Scholarships have helped students achieve their goals.

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2019 Update

Western Washington University's Master of Education graduate program is undergoing a redesign. While we are not accepting new students for the professional residency at North Cascades Institute for 2019 or 2020, North Cascades Institute is examining possibilities for what a residency program might look like in the future. If you would like to receive updates on program developments, please fill out the Contact Us form linked to in the right-hand column.