We recently told you about an online masters program in Anthrozoology that is being offered by Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. When I heard about it, I plotzed. Since they say that youth is wasted on the young, and I am “not that young anymore,” as my friend Amy likes to say (thanks, Amy), I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to get my (second) Master’s degree in something that I actually care about (you have to get me drunk before I tell you what my first one is in).
Now, I’ve plotzed again. Five more times, to be precise. That’s because there are five new accredited distance-learning graduate programs in humane education being offered by the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), in affiliation with Valparaiso University (you need a degree to just spell that!). According to IHE, the degrees include an M.Ed. and M.A. in Humane Education, plus a Graduate Certificate program. Among the courses that are essential to all the programs are Animal Protection, Environmental Ethics, Human Rights, Culture and Change, and of course, Introduction to Humane Education.
When I’m not in plotz-mode, I’m busy marveling at the work that organizations like IHE and HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) are doing to foster a next generation of thoughtful, compassionate citizens.
Photos: Institute for Humane Education