Extended Education has opened doors to extraordinary learning opportunities since 1912, when the first home study courses were created for country teachers. Today, Extended Education offers a variety of programs for learners of all ages in multiple locations throughout western Washington as well as online.
Academy for Lifelong Learning
Choose from a diverse spectrum of academic and culture programs, excursions and social events, inspired by the belief that a curious mind never retires.
Planning an event or conference? Choose Western’s relaxing environment and experienced staff to ensure it is a success.
Continuing Education Courses
Explore a passion, pursue a new interest or broaden your career options.
Start a new career or complete a degree with Western's flexible degree program options designed for working adults.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-to-BSN
Business Administration, B.A.
Computer and Information Systems Security, BS
Educational Administration, MEd (with Principal Certification Option)
Elementary Education with Special Education Major, BAE
Human Services, BA
Master of Business Administration
Environmental Science, BS
Environmental Policy, BA
Rehabilitation Counseling, MA
Secondary Education, MIT
Distance and Online Programs
Attend class when and where it's convenient for you.
Facing the Future
Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future.
Faculty-led Study USA Programs
Earn WWU credits and you travel and study with Western faculty and students, experience new places and collaborate on service-learning projects.
Language and Culture Programs
Whether you want to teach, learn from, or learn with international students, Extended Education has a program for you.
What's your next step? Whether you want to take your career to the next level, focus your career path or explore new career options, choose Western to help you get there.
Communication Sciences & Disorders, Graduate Preparation
Graduate School Test Prep (Online)
National Board Certification (Teachers)
Special Education Endorsement (Teachers)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
Summer is an open quarter - formal admission into Western is not required. Summer at Western is the perfect opportunity for students to catch up, stay on track or jump ahead on credits. Summer is a “shorter quarter” so students can complete courses in just six weeks.
Teachers, Educators, and School Administrators' Programs
Woodring College of Education offers programs at off-campus locations in partnership with Extended Education. Locations: Everett; Kitsap Peninsula; Olympic Peninsula; and Seattle.
High quality and secure testing services for students, graduates, professionals and those from the local and regional community.
Get a jump start on college life - incoming freshmen arrive on campus seven days early for an intensive week of study and preparation for a successful Western Experience.
Discover, learn and grow in dynamic, engaging academic enrichment programs for grades K-12. Real College. Real Fun!