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 which 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.


The Educator Preparation Programs at Northwest Nazarene University are accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. The programs are fully approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.

The Educator Preparation Programs at Northwest Nazarene University are eligible and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards in spring 2022. NNU is proud of its 51-year NCATE accreditation history and is prepared to meet the reviewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the CAEP standards in 2022.


Heidi Curtis (Graduate Department Chair and Doctoral Program Director), Amy Ackley, Jennifer Hill, Eric Kellerer (Field Experience Director), Tracy Marshall, Shannon Panfilio-Padden, Mike Poe (M.Ed. and Ed.S. Educational Leadership Program Director), Holly Ripley (Undergraduate Chair and ACE Director), LoriAnn Sanchez (Dean, College of Education), Bethani Studebaker (M.Ed. and Ed.S. Curriculum, Instruction & Innovation Program Director), Whitney Ward (Clinical Practice Director).