Graduate Programs

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Human Rights • Animal Protection • Environmental Ethics

Humane Education

M.Ed.M.A.Graduate CertificateEd.D.

IHE believes that education is the key to creating a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. We prepare people to foster compassion and teach critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking to students of all ages and in a range of educational settings.

Humane Education is an innovative, socially-relevant educational movement that draws connections between human rights, environmental preservation, animal protection, and culture. The online graduate programs in humane education prepare people to teach effectively about these issues and to solve local and global problems using an intersectional, solutionary approach.

IHE’s graduate programs are offered through a partnership with Antioch University. These are the only programs of their kind offered at the graduate level.

Mary Pat Champeau, IHE Director of Graduate Programs

Program Overview

Students can complete the online graduate programs from anywhere in the world. The programs include an optional one-week residential component offered as a 3-credit course each summer at IHE’s oceanfront campus in Surry, Maine. 

The graduate programs feature:

  • Rigorous coursework delivered by faculty who are experts in their content areas
  • Strong emphasis on community
  • Strategies for educating about environmental, animal, and social justice  
  • Assignments that encourage students to explore their own attitudes, values, strengths, biases, and aspirations 
  • Video-conference discussions and individual mentoring 
  • A highly-connected online environment where each person’s unique experiences and aspirations are valued 

Degree Programs

M.Ed. in Humane Education (33 credits)
M.A. in Humane Education (33 credits)
Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (15 credits)
Ed.D. with a specialization in Humane Education
All programs are offered online with three entry points per year (spring, summer, fall).

Career Outlook

People with a degree in humane education work as changemakers in many different fields. Graduates teach at all levels of education; work for non-profit organizations as leaders and outreach educators; bring about cultural transformation through the arts, media, business, and technology; and have launched entrepreneurial initiatives. 

Read about some of our graduates here

Tuition: $711 per credit hour. Please see Tuition and Admission for more information.

Admissions Requirements: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, $50 application fee. 


For more information, contact Mary Pat Champeau, IHE Director of Graduate Programs: