Humane Education Resources

Following are a selection of organizations that offer important resources to those working in the field of, or interested in, humane education.

Institute for Humane Education

Mission: To Create a just, humane, and sustainable world through education

The IHE Believes that education is the key to creating a just, humane, and sustainable world for all people, animals, and the environment. They offer programs and resources designed to train, educate, and inspire people to become humane educators and changemakers, and to live with compassion and integrity while working to solve the most pressing challenges of our time.

They achieve this by:

  • offering education and training opportunities, including five accredited graduate programs and workshops, for people all over the world
  • providing relevant resources and tools for educators, activists, and citizens
  • advancing the field of humane education and working to redefine the purpose of education

The National Humane Education Society

Mission: To foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.

The NHES provides humane education, rescue and relief assistance for animals, and screened adoption services.  Through the humane education and advocacy department, they provide educational presentations to all ages and information services to members as well as to the general public.

Association of Professional Humane Educators

Mission: To empower those who promote empathy through education

APHE will uphold the highest standards of practice in humane education.

APHE promotes humane education, advances standards of excellence in humane education practices, and provides professional development, resources, and networking for those who foster empathy toward people, animals and the environment.

The APHE also hosts an annual conference and a newsletter and listserv for members.

Latham Foundation

A clearinghouse for information about:

  • Humane issues and activities
  • The human-companion animal bond (HCAB)
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • The connections between child and animal abuse and other forms of violence

Latham is a producer and distributor of affordable videos and publications on the above topics and the publisher of the Latham Letter.


Mission: To foster compassion and respect for all living beings and the environment by educating youth and teachers in humane education.

HEART’s services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection and environmental preservation. Their direct services to educators and students, as well as their advocacy efforts, enable HEART to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world. By linking their age-appropriate instructional program to their service-based learning program, HEART gives students the tools to make positive changes.

Humane Society Academy

Humane Society Academy offers a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program, featuring self-paced courses that guide participants in conducting effective teacher in-services, exploring storytelling as a teaching device, and identifying the connections between humane education and the preschool curriculum, middle-school and high-school service learning, character education, and presentation techniques. Course content is based on extensive research, and courses are centered on engaging activities with a wealth of practical tips and field-tested strategies for working with children, teens, school faculty, and youth leaders. Enhance your credentials and become more confident and comfortable at advancing humane education within your own community! The Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) program will help animal care and control administrators, board members, humane education specialists, and humane law enforcement officers enhance their credentials and use their limited time and resources in the most effective ways possible.


Madonna University Masters in Humane Studies

Madonna University offers a Masters in humane studies. The Masters in Humane Studies provides a serious foundation for students wanting to dedicate their professional lives to helping animals.

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Saybrook University PhD in Humane Education Studies

Our Ph.D. Managing Organizational Systems: Humane Education Specialization is the result of a partnership with the Institute for Humane Education and Valparaiso University. Through the lens of education, this Ph.D. organizational systems program examines the connections between four areas of social justice:

  • Environmental ethics
  • Animal protection
  • Human rights
  • Cultural change-making

Ph.D. Graduates will learn to create transformational change in educational settings by building global relevance and a systems-oriented approach into their work and educational outreach. Focusing on social, economic, political, and structural change, graduates will be prepared to work as administrators, educators, and consultants—find successful careers in schools, universities, and government agencies. As humane educators, they are able to apply principles of creative and critical thinking, civic engagement, and informed decision-making across disciplines, at all levels of education.

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Valparaiso University Masters in Humane Education

The graduate programs in Humane Education are the only programs of their kind in the United States. They represent a collaboration between Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), a non-profit leader and pioneer in the field of Humane Education. The coursework for these programs is offered in an online format, enabling students from the United States and abroad to complete the program remotely, with the exception of a one-week Humane Education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education’s headquarters in Surry, Maine (required for two of the programs). This hands-on, experiential training week is a very popular part of the program. For more information on IHE and the summer residency, click here.

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