Graduate Education

The Graduate Education programs at Northwest Nazarene University are comprised of Master’s (M.Ed.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D.) programs that support K-12 teachers and administrators, leaders within higher education, and community members. These programs are designed for educators to meet new demands for 21st century leadership. In addition, graduate programs at NNU are designed for educators who have an aspiration for learning new teaching strategies and preparing for roles as building-level leaders, district leaders, or educators within research or higher education settings. All programs within Graduate Education meet the needs of working professionals within a personalized and innovative educational environment.


Northwest Nazarene University's education 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 the Unit meets the highest standards of excellence. In addition, NNU's Education programs are approved by the State of Idaho.

In order to maintain national and State of Idaho accreditation, courses throughout all programs in the Graduate Education Department require candidates to successfully submit designated coursework as evidence of candidate progress. Candidates will submit this designated coursework to the approved accreditation and assessment software. Specific coursework to be submitted for accreditation purposes will be clearly labeled in each course syllabus.

Northwest Nazarene University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education.


Heidi Curtis (Graduate Department Chair and Doctoral Program Director), Aileen Hale (M.Ed. Curriculum, Instruction & Innovation Program Director), Jennifer Hill, Paula Kellerer (Dean), Tracy Marshall, Shannon Panfilio-Padden, Mike Poe (M.Ed. & Ed.S. Educational Leadership Program Director), Ryan Roberts, LoriAnn Sanchez (App-Ed Program Director), Duane Slemmer (Undergraduate Department Chair), Bethani Studebaker.