M.Ed. in Humane Education

Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Humane Education is a degree for educators who want to teach for a world where humans, animals, and the environment can thrive. This 33-credit graduate program is delivered online through a partnership with Antioch University, with an optional one-week humane education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, Maine.

To complete the application, you will be directed to Antioch’s website and prompted to create an account. The M.Ed. program is associated with Antioch’s New England Campus—even though the program itself is online. This information will be helpful in selecting the right program in the application process.

Is the M.Ed. Program Right For You?

The M.Ed. in Humane Education is recommended for educators and classroom teachers who work in:

  • Public, private, and independent K-12 schools
  • Early childhood programs
  • Higher education
  • Professional training or educational outreach environments  

If you are interested in applying the concepts of humane education to work outside of a traditional education setting, look into the M.A. in Humane Education.

M.Ed. Career Outlook

A master of education degree is a highly-valued credential in most educational settings. In many states and localities, it confers a salary increase for public school teachers.

For both public school teachers and teachers working in private, independent, or alternative schools, an M.Ed. degree conveys advanced learning, expertise in teaching, and a commitment to the field of education. Numerous jobs in education require that applicants hold a master’s degree.

Our alumni have gone on to become leaders in the field of humane education, developing innovative curricula, launching new and relevant educational programs and projects, offering professional development to colleagues and school districts, presenting and speaking at conferences, working through the arts to create institutional change, and assuming higher positions within the field of education in the US and internationally.

“IHE opened my eyes to a new focus for educating our children; one that is built on love for ourselves, for each other, for our planet, and for all those with whom we share this earth. I use my IHE experience every single day, and it has been such a valuable asset for me in my work.”

-JJ Morrissey, M.Ed. in Humane Education, Head of Upper and Middle School at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY

What You’ll Gain

The M.Ed. coursework helps you build relevance, excitement, awareness, and compassion into your teaching practice. Learn to present intersectional content related to social justice, environmental sustainability, animal protection, human rights, and changemaking with a strong focus on critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking.

In addition to gaining skills that can open up more professional opportunities, you can expect to gain perspective that leads to personal transformation.

*Please note this M.Ed. degree does not lead to state licensure.

Courses Overview

M.Ed. students take six foundational courses in humane education, three  electives, a practicum, and a capstone course.

Foundational Courses:

  • Introduction to Humane Education
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Animal Protection
  • Human Rights
  • Culture and Change

See all course descriptions here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition: $816 per credit hour + $125/semester student service fee
Total tuition: ~$26,928

Please see Tuition and Admission for more information. Financial Aid Available.

Admissions Requirements: an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, $50 application fee. *If you participate in an info session, your application fee is waived.

To complete the application, you will be directed to Antioch’s website and prompted to create an account. The M.Ed. program is associated with Antioch’s New England Campus—even though the program itself is online. This information will be helpful in selecting the right program in the application process.


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