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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Extended Education

Extended Education

Dr. Earl Gibbons
Vice Provost, Extended Education

Staff Directory:

College Hall 131

Extended Education

Extended Education (EE) supports and delivers Western programs to students and community members within and beyond the borders of Bellingham campus.

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.

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.

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.

Vision Statement

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.

Degree Programs
Phone: 360-650-3308

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
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Business Administration — General Concentration, BA (Management)
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program
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Multidisciplinary Studies, BA
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College of Science and Engineering

Cybersecurity, BS
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Huxley College of the Environment

Huxley on the Peninsulas
Program website:

Environmental Science Extension Major, BS
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Environmental Policy (Extension), BA
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Woodring College of Education

Educational Administration, Thesis, MEd
Initial Administrator Certificate (Superintendent)
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ESOL Endorsement for Teachers
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Human Services, BA
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Nursing (RN-to-BSN), BSN
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Rehabilitation Counseling, Non-Thesis, MA
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Residency Administrator Certificate (Principal)
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Teacher Education Outreach Programs
Program website:

  • 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.

TESOL Certificate
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Degree/Certificate Programs Site List

  • Bellingham (Main Campus)
  • Anacortes
  • Bremerton
  • Burien
  • Everett
  • Mount Vernon
  • Port Angeles
  • Poulsbo
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma
  • Online:

Western on the Peninsulas
Phone: 360-394-2733

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.

Western Online
Phone: 360-650-3308

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.

Online Term-Based
Phone: 360-650-3308

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:

Self-Paced (formerly Independent Learning or Correspondence)
Phone: 360-650-3650

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:

Online Degree and Certificate Programs

Human Services, BA
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TESOL Certificate
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Summer Session
Phone: 360-650-3308

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.

Language and Culture Programs

Asia University America Program

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

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.

Bridge Program

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
Bellingham: 360-650-4970
Peninsulas: 360-394-2748

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
Phone: 360-650-3717

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.

Conference Services
Phone: 360-650-6821

Conference Services helps in facilitating and planning conferences and workshops for groups and organizations year-round. Services include fiscal management, registration, marketing, web development, hospitality, printing, media equipment, and general support.

Viking Launch
Phone: 360-650-3308

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
Phone: 360-650-6820

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.

Facing the Future
Phone: 844-284-2151

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.

SEA Discovery Center
Phone: 360-598-4460

The SEA Discovery Center where we combine science, education, and an aquarium. The SEA Discovery Center is a hands-on facility.  Our tidepool touch tank allows you to interact with most of the animals you will find around Puget Sound. Get up close and personal with several species of sea star, anemone, urchin, crab, shrimp, even a sea cucumber and other surprises. Experience over 100 species of marine plants and animals while learning about the nature of our inland waterways. Our main focus is to promote lifelong learning and appreciation for the local marine environment by providing science education with hands-on learning and conservation. We welcome visitors of all ages to learn more about the creatures living in the waters that surround us.

Testing Center
Phone: 360-650-3080

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.