Department of Education Accreditation Website

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About NNU

Founded in 1913, Northwest Nazarene University is a comprehensive university of the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions. The institution is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and governed by a Board of Trustees, representing seven church districts in eight Northwest states. Twenty miles west of Boise, Idaho, NNU is located in Nampa, the third largest city in Idaho, with a population of 92,000. The 34-building residential campus covers 90 acres. The university also has remote sites in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls, as well as a variety of undergraduate and graduate program in on-line formats that reach students around the globe.

The university consists of two academic colleges: the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, which serves professional and graduate students. Northwest Nazarene University presently offers six associate's degree majors, 40 bachelor's degree majors, eight master's degrees, four educational specialist degrees, and two doctoral degrees. In addition to programs on the home campus, NNU students may study in cooperative programs in 35 countries around the world.

The 2017-2018 undergraduate enrollment totalled 1,275 (1,069 TRAD, 206 APP) students, with 52.5% reporting Idaho residency. Remaining students come primarily from the Northwest region of the United States. Current enrollment figures represent 22 states and 13 foreign countries.  Approximately 70% of undergraduates live on campus, with a 20.4 years of age average for the residential student population.  The graduate enrollment in the same year totalled 673 students in 23 different graduate programs. Undergraduate education and teacher certification programs reported 205 students across both colleges, and the graduate education programs reported 198 students in seven graduate education programs, for a total of 403 students in education programs at NNU, representing 31.6% of the entire student population. 

Accreditation in the Department of Education

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an independent, nonprofit membership organization, has accredited NNU’s education department's two associate's degree programs, 15 bachelor's programs, three masters programs, four educational specialists programs, and two doctoral programs. NWCCU has determined these programs meet established accreditation criteria and evaluation requirements.

NNU has prepared professional educators since 1931. In 1967, NNU was Idaho’s first institution to receive NCATE accreditation for their department of education, which it has continuously maintained for over 50 years. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits the School Counseling program; National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredits the music department.  

NNU offers the following degrees in education:  

  • Elementary Education, A.A. 
  • Secondary Education, A.A.
  • Elementary Education, B.A.
  • Secondary Education, B.A.
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation, M.Ed.
  • Educational Leadership: Building Administrator, M.Ed. 
  • Educational Leadership: Building Administrator, Ed.S.
  • Educational Leadership: Director of Special Education, Ed.S.
  • Educational Leadership: Leadership & Organizational Development, Ed.S.
  • Educational Leadership: Superintendent, Ed.S.
  • Educational Leadership, Ed.D 
  • Educational Leadership, Ph.D.

U.S. News and World Report rated NNU as a top masters-level university in the West.  Princeton Review’s Book, The Best Western Colleges, also featured NNU.

In 2014 and 2018, NNU’s education program was acknowledged as a top-ranked program by the Teacher Prep Review published by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

NNU Mission and Values

The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind, and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agents in the world.  Grounded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, NNU identifies four values:

  • Foster Transformation—NNU engages and affects all domains of life—intellectual, social, physical and spiritual—to advance the transformation of the individual, church, and world.
  • Pursue Truth—NNU explores knowledge, the wonder of God’s creative activity, the story of human civilization, and achievements in arts, sciences, and professions. We believe Jesus is the truth incarnate and we pursue Him. 
  • Build Community—NNU provides a learning and faith community that teaches, challenges, and encourages intellectually and spiritually. We express love for God and others.
  • Cultivate Service—NNU teaches the importance of a life of servanthood as modeled by Jesus Christ. We learn to lead by giving of ourselves to God and humankind.