Distance Learning

Why Distance-Learning?

The Distance-Learning Program brings the Human Services faculty and curriculum to learners throughout the state of Washington and is designed specifically to serve place-bound students. Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education actively seeks ways to provide access to higher education for individuals on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas and in other underserved areas of the state. One of these opportunities is the Human Services Distance-Learning Program, an upper division major that utilizes mixed modalities with an emphasis on technology to enable students to complete a bachelor’s degree from Western.

Delivery Mode

Human Services Distance-Learning is a full-time 76 credit major beginning in winter quarter each year and delivered over six consecutive quarters including summer. Students meet on main campus prior to the start of classes in January to attend an all-day orientation with incoming students taking classes in Bellingham. The core course work is delivered online via web-based learning and includes direct supervision at field sites during the three required internships. High-speed internet access is strongly recommended in order to take full advantage of learning in a technology rich environment. To complete the major, students take 12 credits for each of five quarters and 16 credits during a sixth quarter. Since 180 credits are required to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, it is recommended that applicants complete up to 104 transferable credits at a Washington State community college before entering Western Washington University.

Curriculum, Application Process, Tuition, and Admission Requirements

To provide an interdisciplinary and systems-oriented theoretical lens by which to view the profession, the curriculum is grounded in a series of six sequential courses with an optimal balance between course content and experiential learning that meets national standards in human service education. Concurrently, students enroll in required knowledge and skills-based courses preparing them for careers in both direct service delivery and human services administration. Links to the program overview, curriculum, application process, and tuition for self-supporting programs can be found on the left side of this screen.

Requirements for admission to the Human Services Program include:

  • Admission to Western Washington University
  • Cumulative college level GPA of 2.75
  • Within 5 credits of a direct transfer degree from a Washington State community college or equivalent
  • Completion of a program application, including essay
  • Successful completion of a Washington State criminal history background check (including fingerprints)
  • Indication of ability and willingness to meet essential functions while enrolled in the major
  • Meet with the Human Services Faculty Advisor by phone and/or face-to-face

Advising and Additional Information

Please contact hs.distance@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-7487 for additional information.