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What is the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program?
The Adult and Professional Programs in Education program is an accelerated program designed for the working adult to obtain teacher certification.   Students will take the classes required by the State of Idaho for certification, either in Elementary or Secondary Education.

How long is the program?
The Adult and Professional Programs in Education program requires 16 months; twelve months doing courses and field experience; four months in student teaching.  Students may have to take some general education or other coursework prior to starting the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program. 

When are classes held?
Classes meet weekly, two classes per week on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   There are some Tuesday evening classes required while in the program. 

Is the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program on a semester schedule?
Yes, typically each semester students will take two classes in the first 8 weeks and two classes in the second 8 weeks. 

Do I need to already have a college degree?
If students are interested in obtaining Elementary Certification and a Bachelor of Arts, you do not need to have a bachelor's degree. You can transfer in college credits to meet the general education requirements. 

If students are interested in obtaining Elementary Certification and have an AA degree from an accredited institution in the Northwest (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) some classes can be waived at the discretion of the NNU Registrar.  Please note that AA degree from the University of Phoenix are not included in the block transfer, but credits can be transferred.

If students are interested in obtaining Secondary Certification or Elementary Certification plus a Master's of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction, you must have a BA or a BS degree as well as the required content in your subject area by the Department of Education. 

What if I already have a BA or BS?
Students with a bachelor's degree can obtain Elementary Certification plus an M.Ed. Some of the classes you took to obtain your BA or BS will transfer to meet the general education requirements.

For students who want to obtain Secondary Certification, a degree is required. The degree does not have to be in their content area, but they will have to meet the content area course and credit requirements for certification. They can also earn an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.

What if I only have a few college credits?
For elementary certification we will analyze college transcripts and transfer in the classes that we can.  You can then take additional classes, if necessary, to meet the general education requirements. 

What degree will I have when I graduate?
Upon successful completion of the elementary program you will graduate with either a BA degree in Elementary Education or if you already have a bachelor's degree you can go on to earn a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (which requires 12 more credits after completing student teaching).  Students completing either degree will be recommended for certification in grades K-8.  Students seeking an Elementary Certification will also have to add an endorsement in a Middle School Content Area

Upon successful completion of the secondary program you will graduate with a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, which requires 12 more credits after completing student teaching.  Student will also be recommended for certification in their teaching field in grades 6-12.  

How many credits do I need to graduate from NNU?
A minimum of 124 credits for a BA.

What is the typical length of a course?
Most classes are three credit classes and run for 8 weeks, two credit classes for 6.  If you have a weekend class it will run Friday night and Saturday all day, one credit for each weekend in class.

What is a typical credit load in one semester?
The typical load is 10-14 credits, depending on the semester.  The classes are accelerated. The same work covered in one semester of a traditional college class is compressed into approximately 8 weeks. 

Can I apply for Financial Aid?  What is the FAFSA?  Do you offer scholarships?
Apply for federal assistance online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Financial aid may be available. Learn more on the financial aid site at nnu.edu/financialaid