Program Overview

The Master of Education in Continuing and College Education at Western Washington University aims to prepare students to pursue careers in higher education. Graduates should be prepared to teach and administer programs within community/technical colleges, universities, continuing education programs, nonprofit organizations, and business and industry areas. The online format allows for students to continue their current jobs, though there are occasional live meetings on campus during some evenings.

Students may gain skills that will help them become educators in many roles. They may also learn leadership and management skills in order to administer continuing education programs, and they will also study current research and theories on adult learners. The course teaches about various techniques for teaching and training, how to design curriculum and instruction, instructional technology in the field of distance education, and how to create data collection and proposals for improving the learning experience. Students may also have the chance to gain real experience in the field as they prepare for careers in continuing education.

The course includes required and elective courses as well as a field experience. Electives are chosen in conjunction with a faculty advisor and focus on specific topics on continuing education, giving students the chance to learn more about their specific interests. Elective topics include but are not limited to adult literacy, professional education, power in organizations, fund development, and global perspectives in education. Also, students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis track. Students taking the thesis track will take a final thesis course, and those taking the non-thesis track will take a final course in Portfolio and Applied Research Proposal course.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is a public, four-year institution of higher education, located on a 215-acre urban campus in the city of Bellingham, Washington. WWU has received national recognition, including being awarded the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and receiving Community Engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The following is the mission statement of Western Washington University: "Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities."

    WWU houses a full range of academic programs within the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Business and Economics
    • College Of Fine and Performing Arts
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science and Engineering
    • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Graduate School
    • Huxley College of the Environment
    • Woodring College of Education

    WesternOnline, an Extended Education division of WWU, provides degree and certificate programs, term-based coursework that functions like traditional counterparts, self-paced and independent learning options. Programs feature term-based instruction, which may be synchronous or asynchronous, and WWU follows a quarterly calendar.


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