Ignite Your Passion through Humane Education

Help create a better world for all people, animals, and the earth through Humane Education. Humane Education is a unified course of study that explores the connections between human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection and provides learners with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to become conscientious and engaged citizens for a healthy, just, and humane world. Apply your heart, hands, and mind to become a social change-maker who educates and inspires others to take action.

Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education work as partners to offer several nationally unique online graduate programs in humane education.  Our experienced humane education faculty will teach you how to effect systemic change by learning about the interconnected issues of environmental ethics, animal protection, and human rights.

Humane Education Programs

We offer four graduate program options in Humane Education.

  1. Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education (36 credits) is designed for classroom educators. This program does not lead to licensure for Humane Education or any other area.
  2. Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humane Education (36 credits) is designed for educators who wish to work outside of school settings, such as through community work, non-profits, arts activism, social services, law, and many other professions.
  3. Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (either stand-alone or added to an existing degree) (15 credits) is designed for individuals who wish to add a certificate in Humane Education to their existing credentials.

Humane Educators foster creative and critical thinking, respect and responsibility, civic engagement, informed decision-making, and problem-solving in classrooms, workplaces, personal lives and the world. For an introduction to Humane Education, please watch this TEDx talk by Zoe Weil, president and co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education.

 

The majority of the coursework for these programs is offered in an online format, enabling students from the United States and abroad to complete the program remotely.  Students in the M.A. and M.Ed. programs are required to participate in a one-week Humane Education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education headquarters in Surry, Maine. This hands-on, experiential training week is a very popular part of the program.

Students typically take two courses each of three terms (fall, spring, summer). This allows Master’s students to complete their programs in about 24 months. Certificate and Concentration students can complete their programs in about 12 months. Students may work with their adviser to accelerate their progression through the program or take fewer than 6 credits each semester.

 

M.A. and M.Ed. students complete 36 credits for their degree. The curriculum for the M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in Humane Education are similar, although course assignments are tailored to the needs of the respective groups. Students seeking a graduate certificate or a concentration in humane education complete the five core humane education courses (15 credits).

Core Requirements (15 credits) for M.A. and M.Ed. degrees
HUED 501 Introduction to Humane Education 3 Cr.
HUED 610 Environmental Ethics 3 Cr.
HUED 620 Animal Protection 3 Cr.
HUED 630 Human Rights 3 Cr.
HUED 640 Culture and Change 3 Cr.
Experiential Component (6 credits)
HUED 650 Humane Education Residency 3 Cr.
HUED 685 Practicum in Humane Education 3 Cr.
Thesis Preparation and Project (9 credits)
HUED 601 Research Methods 3 Cr.
HUED 692 Research Project 3 Cr.
HUED 795 Master’s Thesis 3 Cr.
Electives (6 credits)
With the approval of their academic adviser, students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered through the Graduate School. A number of these courses are regularly offered online.

View course descriptions for the above courses.

 

U.S. Applicants

We are currently accepting applications for the masters and graduate certificate programs in Humane Education from students in the United States. Students wishing to enroll may apply to the Graduate School to start in one of three entry terms, fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May​)​. To qualify for an admission recommendation to the Dean, certificate-seeking applicants must​ meet the following requirements:​

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements.
  2. In addition to the standard requirements, students will also complete an interview with the program director.

Please submit questions to an assistant director of graduate admissions at grad@valpo.edu or 219.464.5313.

 Review the Application Process for U.S. Students

International Applicants

Valparaiso University is accepting applications into our our online Graduate Certificate in Humane Education from international students from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Students wishing to enroll may apply to the Graduate School to start in one of three entry terms, fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May​)​. To qualify for an admission recommendation to the Dean, certificate-seeking applicants must​ meet the following requirements:​

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements.
  2. 
In addition to the standard application requirements, students will also complete an interview with the program director.
  3. 
Provide a copy of your passport or an approved government issued photo ID.

Please submit questions to an assistant director of graduate admissions at grad@valpo.edu or 219.464.5313.

Notices and Disclaimers for International Applicants

  • Enrollment in this program from outside of the United States may be subject to applicable local laws and requirements.
  • This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the United States.  If you are located outside of the United States, please note that this program may not be recognized by institutions within your country.
  • If you are located outside of the United States, the fee for this program may be subject to local taxes, which are the sole responsibility of participants.
  • University departments, support services, and resources may not be open or accessible 24 hours a day. Normal Valparaiso University business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time Zone. Please see the department websites for office hours and availability.
  • Students enrolled in this program must have access to the required technology tools and internet access.

 Review the Application Process for Online International Students

 

Tuition and Fees

Valparaiso University offers an affordable tuition rate for these programs. View Current Tuition and Fees.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Master’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

 

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