From Our Candidates

The following responses from NNU-prepared teachers were collected as part of a state-wide survey of in-service educators conducted by the Department of Education . See the alumni survey results.

"NNU's program was rigorous with a lot of lesson planning.  The accelerated pace, focused classes, and high expectations of planning thoroughly prepared me for my first year of teaching."

"NNU's program prepared me to teach by setting high standards that they held us to. We had multiple opportunities to work inside different classrooms, construct many lesson plans and units until it became second nature. The courses and professors prepared us well, so it was an easy transition into teaching."

"The program included a good variety of coursework and we learned through experience. I think the best thing NNU did was pair me with an excellent mentor teacher for student teaching. She continued to support me even after I graduated and really made me a good teacher. I also felt that NNU did us a service by providing numerous classroom experiences for all four years."

Educator Preparation Program Completers

NNU's education program goes above and beyond to help students succeed. Take a look at these indicators to see how our graduates perform.


2016 2017 2018

Average GPA

3.72 3.71 3.79

Praxis II  Pass Rate



Certification Requirements Met 100% 100% 100%

Program Completion Rate

87% 74% 93%
Educator Placement Rate 100% 100% 100%
NNU Loan Default Rate* 5.6% 5.6% 3.2%
U.S. Loan Default Rate 11.5% 11.5% 10.8%
NNU 6-Year Graduation Rate* 49% 56% 59%
U.S. 6-Year Graduation Rate* 60% 40% 55%
*2018 IPEDS Report
2019 Title II Report
 100% Praxis pass rate applies to all candidates prior to entering Internship or Student Teaching, in addition to all program completers.

From Principals

The following responses were collected as part of an exit survey conducted by the Department of Education with the principals of traditional and non-traditional teachers one year after the date of their hire.  Employer survey results.

"She is far beyond peers that are new to the profession. Her lessons are engaging and provide students opportunities to interact with the curriculum and each other."

"She is an excellent teacher. She far exceeds my expectations for a second year teacher. High levels of engagement. Great discussion [skills]."

"This teacher utilizes a variety of effective strategies in the classroom to foster student growth. Strategies encourage student participation and reflection. Most notably, this teacher has a solid grasp on which strategies to use and when to use them to scaffold concepts. He "hears" his students through formative assessments and responds with sound instruction!"

"She has been a positive addition to [our school] this year. She is very well prepared and is a professional with her work ethic and teaching."


National Rankings and Accolades

Teacher preparation programs at NNU have consistently been rated as top-performing programs in the nation, and the state of Idaho. Listed below are state and national rankings and accolades awarded by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Colleges (NCATE), the National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ), and the Idaho State Department of Education, Professional Standards Committee (SDE/PSC).