Graduate M.Ed Residency

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 Pacific Northwest’s best educators, naturalists and nonprofit 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 professional residency is 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 earn 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 begins in August with a summer of outdoor fieldwork and ends with two quarters at the WWU campus in Bellingham. Financial Aid, Work Study and Scholarships help students achieve their goals.

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2019 Update

Western Washington University's Master of Education graduate program is undergoing a redesign and is not accepting new students for the professional residency at North Cascades Institute for 2019.

North Cascades Institute is committed to supporting our 18th cohort in completing the program while we examine possibilities for what a residency program might look like in the future. If you would like to receive updates on program developments, please contact us at