M.Ed. in Humane Education

“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

The M.Ed. in Humane Education is recommended for experienced educators and classroom teachers who work in public, private, and independent K-12 schools, as well as in early childhood programs, higher education, and professional training or educational outreach environments.  

Program Overview:

The M.Ed. coursework helps educators build relevance, excitement, awareness, and compassion into their teaching practice. Teachers learn to present intersectional content related to environmental preservation, animal protection, and social justice in age-appropriate ways. There is a strong focus on critical, systems, strategic, and creative thinking.

This 33-credit graduate program is delivered online, with an optional one-week, 3-credit Humane Education Residency held at the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, Maine.  

M.Ed. students are required to take six foundational courses in humane education, plus practicum, two electives, and a capstone course. They are strongly encouraged to attend the Humane Education Residency. If they are unable to attend, students may take a third elective instead.

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


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

Required M.Ed. Course
Solutionary Classroom: Pedagogy in Practice

Additional Courses
Humane Education Residency
Elective #1
Elective #2

Current electives include:
Writing for Social Change
Creative Activism
Just Good Food
Race, Intersectionality, and Veganism
Building a Solutionary Practice

Course descriptions can be found 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: marypat@humaneeducation.org