Dr. Earl Gibbons
Vice Provost, Extended Education
College Hall 103, 360-650-3308
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 Western 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 and online. Individual distance learning courses are offered via online and independent learning 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 are subject to change.
Language & Culture
Dr. Frederick O’Connor, Director
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 120 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Lois Longwood, Director
The following academic 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.
College of Business and Economics
Business Administration, Managers and Professionals, MBA
Program Website: http://cbe.wwu.edu/mba/future-mba/wmba.shtml
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/csd/postbacprograms.shtml
College of Sciences and Technology
Computer Information Systems and Security, BS
Program Website: forthcoming
Vehicle Design Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/vri/vehicle-design-post-bac.shtml
Huxley College of the Environment
Huxley on the Peninsulas (BA and BS Programs)
Program Website: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/huxley/index.shtml
Environmental Science Extension Major, BS
Program Website: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/huxley/science.shtml
Environmental Policy (Extension), BA
Program Website: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/hucley/arts.shtml
Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences - MIMSUP (Undergraduate Program)
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/mimsup/
Woodring College of Education
Certificate of Achievement TESOL
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/tesol
Continuing and College Education, Thesis, MEd
Continuing and College Education, Non-Thesis, MEd
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/cce
Educational Administration, Thesis, MEd
Initial Administrator Certificate (Superintendent)
Professional Administrator Certificate (In Moratorium)
Residency Administrator Certificate (Principal)
Program Website: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/EDAD/
Human Services, BA
Program Website: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/HS/
Nursing (RN to BSN), BSN
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/bsn
Rehabilitation Counseling, Non-Thesis, MA
Program Website: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/RC/
Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Program Website: http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Depts/TEOP
- 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.
Degree Programs Site List
Online and Independent Learning
Departments across campus in conjunction with Extended Education offer alternatives for completing university credit, including General University Requirements (GURs); upper-division writing proficiency requirement; electives; and courses required for WWU majors (degrees seeking students should verify requirements for degree/major with the academic department). Many of the courses offered through Extended Education are open to anyone - both Western students and the public may enroll.
Andrew Blick, 360-650-2841, eLearn@wwu.edu
Online Courses and Programs (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. Registration information for term-based online courses can be found on the eLearning website at: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/elearn/takingonlinecourses.shtml.
Independent Learning: www.wwu.edu/ilearn
Kris Lewis, 360-650-3650, iLearn@wwu.edu
Web Enhanced Self-Paced Independent Learning Courses (correspondence) courses enable students to start anytime and work from any location 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 can be found on the Independent Learning website at: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/ilearn/cost_registration.asp.
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:
- 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: 360-650-3717
- 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. http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/template/programlist.shtml
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, www.wwu.edu/summer.
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, www.conferences.wwu.edu.
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/youth
- 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.
- 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.
Program Website: http://www.wwu.edu/assess
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.