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Ignite your passion.

We believe that education is the key to creating a better world for all people, animals, and the earth. Apply your heart, hands, and mind to become a social change-maker who educates and inspires others to take action—join us today.

Our premiere online programs are fully accredited and offered through an affiliation with Valparaiso (M.Ed., M.A., certificate) and Saybrook (Ph.D. in Organizational Systems: Humane Education Specialization) Universities. 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. 

To get a deeper sense of the programs, watch these three introductory videos by IHE Director of Graduate Programs and faculty member, Mary Pat Champeau:

Upcoming Deadlines

Spring 2019

January 5

Summer 2019

May 5

Fall 2019

August 5

Online M.Ed., M.A. (with one week residency), and Graduate Certificate

If you are a classroom teacher, educator, activist, or concerned citizen.

IHE’s four online master’s programs:

There are many options from which to choose. Find the one that fits you best.

1. Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education (36 credits) is designed for classroom educators.

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, nonprofits, arts activism, social services, law, and many other professions.

3. Concentration in Humane Education for the M.A. in Liberal Studies (15 credits) is designed for individuals who wish to focus their learning on humane education as part of a liberal studies curriculum of their own design.

4. 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. (Most graduate certificate students already have a master’s degree.)

IHE’s Doctoral Program:

Ph.D. in Organizational Systems: Humane Education Specialization is designed for doctoral-level students interested in creating transformational change in educational settings by building global relevance and a systems-oriented approach into their research and practice. Offered online, students take the core humane education courses through Valparaiso and the one week residency for 18 credits, and complete the doctoral studies (with residencies) through Saybrook University.