Graduate Program FAQ

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you do not see an answer or would like more information, let us know.

Are there any countries unable to apply for a program?

Due to accreditation policies, not all countries are eligible to take a program at this time. Eligible countries as of July 2018 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

If you are interested in this program and are from a country other than those listed, please contact us so we can notify you as eligible countries increase. We will keep you informed as countries are added to this eligible admissions list. Thank you for your patience.

If I have other questions, or just want to talk about my goals in the program, whom should I contact?

Please contact our Director of Education, Mary Pat Champeau at or call her direct line at 207-667-1172.

How do I apply?

More information coming soon.

As an online student, do I still receive typical university services, such as access to the university library and career services, a student ID, IT help, financial aid counselors, accommodation and support for my disability, etc.?

Yes, you do. We will help you access these services as an online student.

Will I be licensed to teach after I complete the M.Ed. degree?

No, you will not be licensed to teach. Each state has its own regulations and requirements for licensure. If you are interested in becoming licensed to teach in your state’s public school system, you must contact the department of education in your state to find out what the requirements and criteria for licensure are.

I started a degree elsewhere and want to switch; will Valparaiso accept transferred credits?

Antioch will accept transfer students.

Is there a Ph.D. program in humane education?

We are working with Antioch to offer a humane education concentration within their doctoral offerings. More information coming soon.

How many graduate students are in the program?

In any given semester there are approximately 35-50 students in the humane education graduate programs.

How long has the program been in existence?

IHE’s graduate programs in humane education have been offered since 2001 — first through a partnership with Cambridge College and then through Valparaiso University between 2011-2019. In 2014, IHE and Valparaiso University partnered with Saybrook University to offer a Ph.D. program with a humane education specialization. In January 2020, we will begin our partnership for all our graduate offerings with Antioch University New England.

What kind of job can I get with this degree?

Humane education is a new and pioneering field. We work with each student to determine professional goals and plan practicum and thesis work to support these goals.

Graduates work in many different fields, including education, the arts, business, technology, non-profit management, health and human services, animal protection, environmental preservation, and social entrepreneurship. Profiles of our graduate students and alumni are available here: student and alumni profiles



What is the difference between these programs?

All degree programs in humane education share five core courses:

  • Introduction to Humane Education;
  • Environmental Ethics;
  • Animal Protection;
  • Human Rights;
  • Culture & Change.

Assignments and booklists within the courses are differentiated. The M.Ed. program is designed for classroom educators; other programs are designed for non-classroom educators. Program and course descriptions are available here.

Can I take as many classes as I’d like each semester?

Courses are rigorous.  Students are encouraged to take no more than two courses per semester (6 credits), though you may take up to 3 courses (9 credits) if you wish.



Do I have to travel to Antioch at any time?

No, though students are welcome to visit, participate in commencement ceremonies, and attend other activities offered on the Antioch campus.

What if I’ve never taken an online class before?

Students come into the program with varying levels of technology experience. Beginning with your very first course, there is plenty of support available for those who’ve never participated in online courses before. In addition to unlimited help from the IHE program director, an online orientation to Blackboard and user-friendly “tip sheets” are available to all students, anytime. You can also obtain help from the Valparaiso University IT desk.

How can I get to know my classmates?


Community is very important to us. We have designed the courses to include lots of opportunities for communication and collaboration among students.

  • In each course, students have a chance to get to know their classmates through personal introductions, discussion boards, video conferencing, and a virtual student lounge.
  • A “Humane Education Student Union” on Blackboard enables students across all courses to communicate with each other and discuss topics of interest.
  • Our M.Ed. and M.A. students, experience additional community building by spending five days together at our one-week Summer Residency in beautiful Maine.



Do I have to log in at a certain time?

No. Courses are delivered via Antioch’s online Learning Management System. Students receive their course syllabi at the start of each semester, along with instructions on how to access the discussion boards, participate in video salons, post responses to film festivals, and submit assignments.

While some assignments (film festivals and video salons) have deadlines, most other coursework and assignment submissions can be done according to the student’s schedule and preference.

Are the graduate programs completely online?

Yes, with the exception of a one-week residency in Maine that is required in the M.Ed. and M.A. programs.



What degrees are offered?

We offer:

  • M.Ed. in Humane Education;
  • M.A. in Humane Education;
  • Graduate Certificate in Humane Education;
  • Ph.D. concentrations.

More info coming soon.

Are these programs accredited?

Yes. IHE’s graduate programs in humane education are offered through a partnership with Antioch University New England, which is a fully accredited university in New Hampshire.