of Education

The mission of the Department of Education at Northwest Nazarene University is to be a Christ-centered unit that develops capable, compassionate educators who are determined and prepared to meet the educational needs of young people in a changing world. This mission drives our work in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. It is articulated through the conceptual framework underpinning all education programs.

Northwest Nazarene University's education degree programs are viewed by educators around the state and the region as the best teacher preparation program around. Because graduates are highly sought after by principals seeking to hire the best prepared teachers, our annual employment rate is almost 100% among graduates seeking teaching jobs upon receiving their education degree.

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Accreditation and Approval

Northwest Nazarene University's education degree programs have maintained continuous accreditation through the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1967. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. The NCATE stamp of approval signifies that the program meets the highest standards of excellence. In addition, NNU's Education programs are approved by the State of Idaho.

Potential Career Paths

  • Educator
  • Librarian
  • School Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Museum Curator
  • National Park Education Director
  • Life Change