About Extended Education

Join thousands of people who have:

  • Completed their educational goals through evening or distance education options
  • Accelerated their careers through certificate programs and professional development courses
  • Invested in themselves through personal enrichment courses
  • Explored new or current interests through lifelong learning offerings

Extended Education is opening doors for you…

Extended Education at Western Washington University had its beginnings in 1912 when the first home study courses were created for teachers. Fast forward to the 21st century where Extended Education has expanded and diversified its Western Washington University offerings in Bellingham and throughout the Puget Sound region, emphasizing community college partnerships in Seattle, Everett, Mt. Vernon, Port Angeles, Bremerton, and Poulsbo to provide deliver degree and learning options for youth to seniors, as well as a variety of international education opportunities.

Our Mission

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.


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.

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Western Washington University is conveniently located throughout the Puget Sound and the Central Salish Sea regions.

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