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University Catalog
    Western Washington University
  Jan 21, 2018
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Extended Education

Dr. Earl Gibbons

Vice Provost, Extended Education

College Hall 103, 360-650-3308

Extended Education

Extended Education (EE) connects learners of all ages to the Western Experience. EE collaborates with colleges, departments and the community, linking University resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off campus.

EE supports and delivers University programs to students and community members within and beyond the borders of the Bellingham campus. Bachelor’s degree completion, graduate, and certificate/endorsement programs are available at various locations around Puget Sound or, in some instances, online. Individual distance learning courses are offered via correspondence study, USB and online for degree completion and professional development purposes. EE also facilitates the on-campus Summer Session.

EE reaches out to the public with academic camps and workshops for youth, and noncredit enrichment courses for all ages. EE facilitates conferences for groups and organizations, both on and off campus. Training programs can be arranged for businesses and industry.

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 subject to change.

Culture & Language Programs

Asia University America Program
Bill Pech, 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 at Western. Approximately 80 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 facilitate exchanges with AUAP and regular Western classes
  • Interaction with Japanese students on a daily basis in their halls and dining rooms for Western students who share residence halls with AUAP students
  • Paid leadership positions for Western students, such as international peer advisors and curriculum assistants, that give valuable experience in an intercultural concept, provide opportunities to develop international friendships, and assist in financing their education
  • 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 Westen 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

Intensive English Program
Steve Robinson, 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.

The 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 links to academic 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 foreign languages courses by arranging joint classes, projects and other interactions with IEP students
  • IEP is closely linked to the 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. 

Degree Programs
Lois Longwood, Director

The following academic degree, certificate and preparation programs are offered through the College of Business and Economics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Sciences and Technology, Huxley College of the Environment, Woodring College of Education, and the Graduate School. For program information, contact the appropriate site listed below.

Many of these programs are self-sustaining and are contingent upon sufficient enrollment and available University resources. Upon startup, all course work for program completion will be offered at a designated site or through distance education.

Continuing and College Education

The MEd in Continuing and College Education (CCE) is designed for those who want to teach, train or administer education programs targeted to adult populations. Graduates typically work in business and industry, community/technical colleges, universities, government agencies, or not-for-profit organizations. The CCE curriculum fosters competency in curriculum development, teaching, training, staff facilitation, leadership, project management, assessment, program planning, and instructional technology.

The program is offered in a totally distance learning (DL) format. Class meetings are conducted via the internet (i.e., students can participate whenever they want during a given timeframe). Some classes will have live chats (optional participation). The program includes 13 4-credit courses or 52 credits. Students have an option to choose 20 credits towards a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which requires some additional credits. The CCE-DL program is not open to individuals receiving a tuition waiver.

  • Western Washington University, MS 9087, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9087, 360-650-3190

Educational Administration

The MEd in educational administration and/or postmaster’s course work leads to Washington State Principal Certification (residency; professional certification is in moratorium). The program is designed to prepare elementary and secondary school personnel to assume the leadership roles of the principal or associate principal.

  • WWU Seattle Center, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103-3599, 866- 913-3323.
  • WWU Bremerton Center at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton WA 98337-1699, 866-913-3323.

Superintendent’s Certificate Program
Superintendent’s Certificate Program trains exemplary leaders to meet the demands of school district leadership focused on optimal student achievement. Completion of the program leads to state superintendent certification and qualifies candidates for the superintendency as well as other district-level leadership roles.

  • Everett, WA 866-913-3323.

Elementary/Special Education Teacher Certification Program

Students with an AA degree may take a sequence of upper-division courses leading to a BA in Education and the Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in elementary education. Candidates complete a special education major and may complete a full endorsement with internship. Evening classes allow working adults to continue or complete education goals.

Students with a BA or BS in an approved academic major may complete post-baccalaureate course work leading to a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in elementary education. This program offers evening courses.

The undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs are offered at the following extension sites:

  • WWU Bremerton Center at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337-1699, 360-475-7269
  • WWU Seattle Center, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103-3599, 206-529-6052

See the Woodring College of Education  Teacher Education Outreach Programs section of this catalog for further information on these programs, including the state-funded teacher certification programs offered at the WWU Everett Center at Everett Community College.

Elementary and Special Education Endorsement Programs

Elementary Education
The Elementary Education endorsement program is designed for certificated teachers who wish to obtain an additional endorsement in Elementary Education. Credits will vary depending on previous courses. The program provides coherent preparation in all areas of the elementary education curriculum as well as an internship experience. 360-650-6292 Offered in Bellingham, Everett, Bremerton and Seattle.

Special Education
The Special Education 45-credit endorsement program is designed for certificated teachers who wish to obtain an additional endorsement in Special Education (P-12). The program provides coherent preparation in all areas of the special education curriculum as well as an internship experience. 360-650-2425 Offered in Bellingham, Everett, Bremerton and Seattle.

See the Woodring College of Education Teacher Education Outreach Programs  section of this catalog for further information about undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and master’s level state-funded teacher certification programs offered at the University Center of North Puget Sound at Everett Community College.

Huxley College of the Environment

For Huxley College on the Peninsula’s preparatory courses and major requirements see Huxley College of the Environment catalog listing.

Bachelor of Arts – Environmental Policy (Extension), BA
The interdisciplinary program in Planning and Environmental Policy prepares students to enter professional fields concerned with the sustainability of the human and natural environment. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote positive change by solving problems and implementing shared visions in both natural settings and urban communities. The degree emphasis concentrates in public policy development, sustainability, law and decision making.

Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science
Environmental Science draws on basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, biological, and quantitative aspects of natural systems. The knowledge of how natural systems work is applied to solving problems largely created by human activities. Often these problems are represented by disturbances in the functioning of natural systems. Humans are altering their own life-support systems – the air, water and soil. Scales of disturbance range from the molecular and cellular to individuals, populations, ecosystems, and regional and global levels.

  • WWU Bremerton Center at Olympic College, Bremerton/Poulsbo, 360-417-6521
  • WWU Port Angeles Center at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98262-6698, 360-417-6521
  • University Center of North Puget Sound at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201, 360-417-6521

Human Services
The Human Services major is an interdisciplinary, upper-division program leading to a BA degree. The degree prepares students for a variety of career options in areas such as youth and family services, nonprofit management, advocacy and public policy, prevention and intervention services, and community education.

  • WWU Bremerton Center at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337-1699, 360-475-7265,

See the Woodring College of Education  Teacher Education Outreach Programs section of this catalog for further information on these programs, including the state-funded teacher certification programs offered at the WWU Everett Center at Everett Community College.

Master of Business Administration - Weekend MBA@Everett

For the Master of Business Administration Managers and Professionals, MBA program requirements see the College of Business and Economics catalog listing.

The Master of Business Administration Program in Everett is a graduate program intended for active managers and professionals. This program prepares individuals to advance in leadership positions in private, public and non-profit organizations. The Western MBA Program features a high quality Graduate Business education with high student-faculty interaction and small class sizes. Program classes meet Friday and Saturday of every other weekend.

  • University Center of North Puget Sound at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201, 360-650-3717

Vehicle Design
The Vehicle Research Institute (VRI) offers a post-baccalaureate program in vehicle design for students with a background in engineering. The program is a three-quarter lockstep program beginning fall quarter; courses are taken sequentially through spring quarter. The courses are based at the undergraduate level with additional content and an emphasis on applied laboratory experience. Students may also become involved in the ongoing research of VRI.

  • Western Washington University, MS 9102, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-650-7780

Independent Learning
Maggie Barklind, Associate Director

Independent Learning offers alternatives for completing university credit. Many of the courses are open to anyone – both Western students and the public may enroll.

Independent Learning offers:

  • General University Requirements; upper-division writing proficiency requirement; electives; or, if available, courses required for WWU majors.
  • Online (Internet-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.
  • Print-based (correspondence) courses enable students to start anytime and work from any location while following a course guide developed for the self-paced student.

Professional Studies 
Lois Longwood, Director

Professional Development opportunities are available for individuals interested in broadening their professional skills; exploring new careers; or seeking professional certification, additional endorsements, or courses to enhance their careers. Offerings include:

  • Credit Option/Clock Hour partnerships with professional organizations provide Western credit or clock hours to their course offerings. Course work must meet University academic standards
  • 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. Programs include:
  • Writing the Modern Memoir is a three course non-credit option program for serious writers interested in crafting a memoir. It is designed to take students from inspiration to fully developed essays or chapters in just eight months. Students in this program can expect to create a unique narrative voice by developing and editing materials, produce work suitable for publication, and read a selected portion of written work at a local bookstore author’s night.
  • Project Management courses are offered that teach the principles and practices of project management as well as preparation for the national certification exam.
  • The Web Design and Development is a three course credit-option program that can be completed in eight months. In this practical hands-on, project-based program, students will gain a solid understanding of HTML, develop websites using Macromedia’s Dreamweaver, use cascading style sheets, build information-gathering and other critical forms, and learn effective search engine tips. Students will leave this program with a completed Website.
  • Professional Editing for Print and Online is a nine-month Editing Certificate Program aimed mainly at those who work in professions or businesses and find they need editing skills in order to produce newsletters, content for Web sites, marketing materials, formal reports, and similar publications.  The program will also benefit those who want to work as free-lance editors, publication staff members, or authors of their own print and online projects. 
  • Writing Children’s Literature - Three professionals conduct a series of non-credit classes offering their insight, skill and unique perspective in writing children’s literature to help you fire up your own creative abilities. With expert guidance, participants will experiment and sample the field exploring children’s fiction and nonfiction, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade books, and books for young adults. Focus will be placed on essential literary elements such as plot, character, setting, dialogue - and that all-important first chapter. All you need is paper, pencil and the courage to begin.
  • Knockout Editing: From Polish to Publish - learn developmental editing techniques successful writers and editors use to turn a good start into a great finish with minimal artistic pain. Build revision endurance and decide when to elaborate, when to revise, and to kill a line (or twelve). Get tips for defining your audience, shaping the work, and honoring your creative prowess so you can knock out an awesome final draft.

Summer Programs
Marlene Harlan, Director

Summer Session is a self-support quarter which offers academic credit and professional development courses. Over 450 courses are offered each summer and are open to WWU students and the public in Bellingham and King County. In addition to the traditional 6- and 9-week courses, offerings include short courses from 3 days on, online courses and faculty-led study abroad programs. 360-650-3308,

Conference Services is active year-round in facilitating and planning professional conferences and workshops for groups and organizations. Services include fiscal management, registration, marketing, web development, hospitality, printing, media equipment and support. 360-650-6821,

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.

  • College Quest - This pre-college program for high school students entering grades 10-12 is offered each summer. 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 will bridge the gap between high school and college and put students on a path to personal, educational and career success.
  • Global Connections - This program provides opportunities for youth in grades 4-6 from diverse cultures to build connections through academic enrichment and recreational activities emphasizing the development of cross-cultural relationships.
  • Grandparents U - This intergenerational summer program is designed for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 7-14). Participants choose from exciting classes taught by WWU faculty.  Each class provides opportunities to learn, have fun and create lifelong memories. Grandparents “U” is offered in partnership with WWU Extended Education and the WWU Alumni Association.
  • Odyssey of Science and Arts (Summer) - WWU faculty, instructors and staff create summer academic enrichment offerings that will excite students entering grades 4-9. The resulting “signature” courses spotlight areas of their expertise and take advantage of WWU’s campus. These courses offer a quality and uniqueness that is hard to find elsewhere. Students attend classes, participate in field trips, work on projects in specialized labs, and engage in a wide range of other hands-on activities which make learning interactive and fun.
  • Odyssey of Science and Arts (Academic year) - This program is for students in grades K-5 who are eager to learn more about science or arts. Students spend an afternoon discovering and exploring exciting topics in Science and Arts.
  • Western Arts Preparatory Academy is offered through the College of Fine and Performing Arts and features art, dance, music and theatre classes for youth, pre-two through high school, in the community and on the WWU campus. Participants learn about the arts through fun, age appropriate activities that that build strength, awareness and social skills. Western Arts Preparatory Academy strives to enrich the education of youth while developing valuable life enhancing skills in organization, discipline, and communication.
  • Western Kids Camp - Kids entering grades K-6 participate in hands-on and interactive 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 WWU Extended Education and Campus Recreation.
  • WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp - This summer sailing program for youth ages 11-18 is the oldest (since 1981) and most comprehensive sailing program in Whatcom County. Offered by WWU 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.

Testing Center

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. We strive to administer tests in a pleasant, technologically advanced environment with the goal of promoting satisfaction and achievement in reaching academic and professional goals. The Testing Center subscribes to the NCTA (National College Testing Association) Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post Secondary Test Centers and is a member of NCTA and CCTC (Consortium of College Testing Centers).

Other functions of the testing center include:

  • administers and proctors 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.
  • administers and proctors course challenge examinations.