Dr. Earl Gibbons
Vice Provost, Extended Education
College Hall 131, 360-650-3308
Extended Education (EE) supports and delivers Western programs to students and community members within and beyond the borders of Bellingham campus.
EE at Western had its beginnings in 1912 when the first home study courses were created for teachers. Fast forward to the 21st century where EE has expanded and diversified WWU offerings in Bellingham and throughout the Puget Sound region, emphasizing community college partnerships in Seattle, Everett, Port Angeles, Mount Vernon, Bremerton, and Poulsbo to deliver degree and learning options for all ages.
EE supports undergraduate, graduate, certificate/endorsement, and online programs. Individual distance learning courses are offered via Term-Based online and Self-Paced independent learning online for degree completion and professional development purposes. EE also facilitates Western’s Summer Session.
EE connects diverse learners to the Western Experience by collaborating with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus, including international education opportunities. EE reaches out to the public with academic workshops and summer programs for Youth, non-credit enrichment courses for lifelong learners, and professional development for those seeking career advancement. In addition, EE facilitates conferences for groups and organizations, both on and off campus.
All of Western’s extension programs, courses, and degrees meet the same requirements and standards as set by the institution unless otherwise noted.
Most programs and courses offered through EE are self-sustaining (not funded by legislative appropriation). Tuition and fees are charged per credit at extension rates and are subject to change.
Extended Education connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience. Extended Education collaborates with colleges, departments, and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus.
Extended Education will share the Western Experience with students of all ages through learning opportunities across time and place by expanding partnerships – campus and beyond – to build a stronger Washington.
Statement of Quality
Extended Education is committed to the same high standards of quality for which Western is well known. Programs and courses are designed and/or revised with the assistance of university faculty, aided by industry and community experts and are reviewed and approved by Western Washington University colleges, departments, and academic committees.
Lois Longwood, Director
The following academic programs are offered through the College of Business and Economics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Huxley College of the Environment, Woodring College of Education, and the Graduate School. For program information, visit the appropriate website listed below.
Many of these programs are self-sustaining and are contingent upon sufficient enrollment and available University resources.
College of Business and Economics
Business Administration, Managers and Professionals, MBA
Program website: cbe.wwu.edu/mba/weekend-program
Business Administration — General Concentration, BA (Management)
Program website: cbe.wwu.edu/mgmt/general-poulsbo
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program
Program website: chss.wwu.edu/csd/post-baccalaureate-program
Multidisciplinary Studies, BA
Program website: www.wwu.edu/ee/degrees/mds/index.shtml
College of Science and Engineering
Computer and Information Systems Security, BS
Program website: www.wwu.edu/ee/degrees/ciss/index.shtml
Vehicle Design Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
Program website: www.wwu.edu/vri/vehicle-design-post-bac.shtml
Huxley College of the Environment
Huxley on the Peninsulas
Program website: huxley.wwu.edu/hcop/huxley-college-peninsulas
Environmental Science Extension Major, BS
Program website: huxley.wwu.edu/hcop/environmental-science-hcop
Environmental Policy (Extension), BA
Program website: huxley.wwu.edu/hcop/environmental-policy-hcop
Woodring College of Education
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/tesol/teaching-english-speakers-other-languages
ESOL Endorsement for Teachers
Program website: www.wwu.edu/ee/degrees/esol/index.shtml
Educational Administration, Thesis, MEd
Initial Administrator Certificate (Superintendent)
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/edad/initial-superintendent-certification
Residency Administrator Certificate (Principal)
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/edad/educational-administration
Human Services, BA
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/hs/distance-learning
Nursing (RN-to-BSN), BSN
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/bsn/rn-bsn-program
Rehabilitation Counseling, Non-Thesis, MA
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/rc/rehabilitation-counseling
Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/teop/teacher-education-outreach-programs
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) with a residency teacher certificate and an elementary education endorsement.
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) with a residency teacher certificate and dual endorsements in special and elementary education.
- Post-Baccalaureate residency teacher certificate with elementary education endorsement.
- Western’s outreach program also offers endorsements in Elementary Education and Special Education for teachers who already hold a Washington State Teaching Certificate.
- Masters in Teaching (MIT), secondary education.
- Alternate Route programs
- Customized alternate route programs are developed by Woodring College of Education in conjunction with school districts.
Degree Programs Site List
Western on the Peninsulas
Candice Merrill, Director
For over 20 years, Western has offered degree, professional, and certificate programs to students on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. As part of Western’s commitment to serve the citizens of Washington, Western collaborated with Olympic College in 2013 to establish the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo to better serve the community and businesses on the Peninsulas. Western on the Peninsulas strives to meet the growing demand of the community by offering degree programs from the College of Business and Economics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, Huxley College of the Environment, and Woodring College of Education.
Departments across campus, in conjunction with EE, offer alternatives for completing university course work, including General University Requirements (GURs), upper-division writing proficiency requirements, electives, and courses required for Western majors and minors. Many of the courses offered through WesternOnline are open to anyone - both Western students and the public may enroll. Degree seeking students should verify requirements for degree/major with the academic department.
Western Online: www.wwu.edu/ee/westernonline/
Andrew Blick, 360-650-2841, WesternOnline@wwu.edu
Online Term-Based courses begin and end with Western’s quarterly schedule. Students may access the course 24 hours, seven days a week and work at the pace designated by the instructor. Current course offerings, registration information, and tuition details for Term-Based online courses can be found on the WesternOnline website at: www.wwu.edu/ee/westernonline/.
Self-Paced (formerly Independent Learning or Correspondence)
Kris Lewis, 360-650-3650, iLearn@wwu.edu
Self-Paced courses enable students to start anytime while following a course guide developed for the Self-Paced student. Students will have six months from the month of registration to complete their course. Registration information and current offerings can be found on the WesternOnline website at: www.wwu.edu/ee/westernonline/.
Online Degree and Certificate Programs
Human Services, BA
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/hs/human-services
Program website: wce.wwu.edu/tesol/teaching-english-speakers-other-languages
Language and Culture Programs
Dr. Frederick O’Connor, Director
Asia University America Program
Dr. Dean Hagin, Director
WWU-Asia University America Program (AUAP) is an English language and cultural orientation program that has been developed cooperatively with Asia University (Tokyo, Japan), Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. During this five-month study-abroad program, students from Asia University attend AUAP courses at Western in English as a Second Language, American Cultural Studies, and Global Issues. AUAP students earn credit from Asia University and are not matriculated to Western. Approximately 130 AUAP students come to Western each year, with sessions running from September to mid-February, and late February through late July.
AUAP offers a number of opportunities to the Western community:
- Language and cultural exchange opportunities to Western students and community residents through the Campus Friends, Community Friends, and Classroom Volunteer programs; these programs provide intercultural contacts both within and beyond the classroom.
- Informational programming about Japanese culture in various Western classes and residence-hall groups; in addition, AUAP staff facilitates exchanges with AUAP and regular Western classes.
- Interaction with Japanese students on a daily basis with Western students who share residence halls and dining rooms with AUAP students.
- Cultural-exchange services to the community, including programming in Bellingham public schools which introduces local elementary school children to Japanese language and culture and, most importantly, to international friendship.
- Participation by Western faculty and students in research opportunities through AUAP; faculty and students from the communications, foreign languages, psychology, business, and anthropology departments have conducted studies based on linguistic or attitudinal surveys.
- Paid leadership positions for Western students, such as international peer advisors and curriculum assistants; these positions give valuable experience in an intercultural context, provide opportunities to develop international friendships, and assist in financing their education.
Intensive English Program
Dr. Frederick O’Connor, Director
The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides a variety of English language courses designed to prepare international students for academic study at American colleges and universities. IEP classes, which are mostly noncredit, focus on preparing students for these academic experiences, as well as helping them to adapt socially and culturally to living in the U.S. The program emphasizes creating opportunities for Western students and IEP students to interact, both in the classroom and through informal conversational situations.
IEP, in cooperation with the Office of Admissions, manages the conditional admissions process, in which international students, as admitted undergraduates, enroll in a combination of regular academic classes and advanced English-language classes. Conditional admission functions as a bridging process from ESL to university coursework and is designed to better prepare international students for study in degree programs.
Other academic collaboration areas of the University include the following:
- IEP works with Western faculty to facilitate intercultural experiences for current Western students in communications, management, psychology, anthropology, education, and world languages courses by arranging joint classes, projects and other interactions with IEP students.
- IEP is closely linked to Western’s TESOL certificate program by providing practicum experience, tutoring experience, and employment opportunities for TESOL students.
- IEP provides opportunities for Western faculty who have professional relationships in other countries to bring students, individually or in groups, to campus for language and content-area study or for eventual matriculation into Western.
Western Washington University’s Bridge Program is an optional program designed to help international students make a successful transition into Western classes.
First-year or transfer international students experience a customized quarter of classes that provides extra support from Western faculty as students take credit-bearing coursework. Bridge students also benefit from activities and curriculum that explores language, culture, and transitioning into an American university.
Academy for Lifelong Learning
Lois Longwood, Director
Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) offers a diverse spectrum of academic and cultural courses and excursions to adults, regardless of age or educational background. Offerings are noncredit and are taught by Western faculty, faculty emeritus, and experts in various fields and professions.
Professional Studies and Continuing Education
Lois Longwood, Director
Professional enrichment opportunities are available for individuals interested in broadening their professional skills, exploring new careers, or seeking additional endorsements or courses for career enhancement. Offerings include:
- Certificate Programs offer in-depth study in professional and specialized areas resulting in a certificate of completion when the program is successfully completed. Courses are designed to meet the busy schedules of adults. Contact: 360-650-3717.
- Credit Option/Clock Hour partnerships with professional organizations provide Western credit or clock hours to partnership offerings. Course work must meet University academic standards. Contact: 360-650-7780.
Marlene Harlan, Director
Summer Session is a self-support quarter that offers over 500 academic credit and professional development courses. In addition to the traditional 6- and 9-week courses, offerings include short term, online, field courses, and faculty-led global learning programs. 360-650-3308, www.wwu.edu/ee/summersession/
Conference Services helps in facilitating and planning professional conferences and workshops for groups and organizations year-round. Services include fiscal management, registration, marketing, web development, hospitality, printing, media equipment, and general support. 360-650-6821, www.wwu.edu/ee/conference/
Viking Launch offers incoming freshmen a strong, focused start up to college life at Western. Students will arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful Western Experience.
Youth Programs are designed for the academic pursuits and leadership development of youth in elementary, middle and high school. Participants live on campus or commute while they explore the arts, humanities, technology, science, outdoor challenges and more. 360-650-6820, www.wwu.edu/ee/youth/
Through this summer college prep program, students complete a real college course, gain valuable “success in college” information, and form extraordinary social connections that come with life in a residence hall. College Quest bridges the gap between high school and college and put students on a path to personal, educational, and career success.
- Early Release Program (Grades K-5)
In this program, students spend an afternoon discovering and exploring exciting topics in science and arts during the academic year.
- Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) (Various Ages and Grades)
Western’s GEMS provides an empowering forum for girls to learn and excel in the fields of Engineering, Math and Science and explore STEM innovation and careers with faculty, professionals, college students, and peers that share similar interests.
Programs include GEMS Academy, GEMS Fair, and GEMS Night Out.
This summer program provides opportunities for youth from diverse cultures to build connections through academic enrichment and recreational activities emphasizing the development of cross-cultural relationships.
This intergenerational summer program is designed for grandparents and grandchildren. Participants choose from exciting classes taught by Western faculty. Each class provides opportunities to learn, have fun, and create lifelong memories.
- International Youth Programs (Grades 4-11)
WWU Youth Programs hosts several groups of students from South Korea in the summer. Cheongju Youth participates in Odyssey of Science and Arts, JLS Academy participates in Global Connections, and Korea High School Program participates in a customized STEM program. In addition to their content classes, ESL/American Culture classes are customized for each group.
- Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) (Grades 1-5)
Youth experience a combination of academic and recreational enrichment on a Friday evening during the academic year. Students explore hands-on science activities in the Science Resource Center in SMATE and end the evening at the swimming pool in the Wade King Student Recreation Center.
Western faculty, instructors, and staff create summer academic enrichment offerings for students that offer a quality and uniqueness that is hard to find elsewhere. The resulting signature courses spotlight areas of expertise and take advantage of Western’s campus. Students attend classes, participate in field trips, work on projects in specialized labs, and engage in a wide range of other hands-on activities that make learning interactive and fun.
- Western Kids Camp (Grades K-6)
Youth participate in morning academic enrichment activities and programmed afternoon recreation based on a weekly theme. Theme-inspired summer sessions include nature, science, culture study, the arts, and more. Students utilize college classrooms, labs, equipment, playing fields, and the award-winning Wade King Student Recreation Center (WKSRC). Campers are divided into groups according to age and participate in age appropriate activities.
Western Kids Camp is offered in partnership with EE and Campus Recreation.
- Youth Programs in Anacortes (Various Ages and Grades)
WWU Youth Programs offers programming in Anacortes in partnership with the Anacortes School District and Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center.
Programs include Early Release Enrichment, Ocean STEM After School, Odyssey of Science and Arts, Grandparents U.
- Youth Programs in Poulsbo (Various Ages and Grades)
In addition to programming in Bellingham and Anacortes, Western’s signature Youth Programs, Western Kids Camp, and Odyssey of Science and Arts are available in Poulsbo, Washington, through a partnership with Olympic College, SEA Discovery Center, and Poulsbo Parks and Recreation.
Partnership Youth Programs are developed by Western colleges and departments. These programs are offered in conjunction with EE.
- WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp (Ages 11-18)
This summer sailing program for youth is the oldest (since 1981) and most comprehensive sailing program in Whatcom County. Offered by Western’s Viking Union/Lakewood Water Sport Facility, young sailors and windsurfers master skills in a natural environment at Lakewood Water Sport Facility, which is one of the premier facilities in the Northwest and located on the South shore of Lake Whatcom.
Offered through the College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA), Suzuki Violin provides a nurturing environment that fosters your child’s love of music.
- Summer Youth Theatre Institute (SYTI) (Grades K-12)
SYTI courses are taught in professional theatre spaces, allowing access to the costume shop and performance venues on Western’s campus. Each institute culminates in an original showcase produced on the stage of Old Main Theater.
- Summerwinds (Grades 6-12)
Presented by Western’s College of Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA), Summerwinds is a chamber music day camp for woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) players who have had at least two years of experience on their instruments.
Facing the Future
Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create curriculum for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future.
Maggie Barklind, Director
Student, Course Services, and Testing
Kathy Murray, Manager
The Testing Center is a National College Testing Association (NCTA) Certified Test Center and adheres to the standards and guidelines of NCTA and the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC). The mission of the Testing Center is to provide high quality and secure testing services for students, graduates, professionals and those from the local and regional community. Other functions of the testing center include:
- Administers and proctors make-up exams and exams for independent study courses.
- Provides distance learning exams for both Western students and students attending other universities.
- Provides information on national testing programs.
- Maintains records of entrance test scores.