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Zach Smith



Education Specialist

The Ed.S. Leadership and Organizational Development program is designed for those individuals who already possess a master’s degree and are interested in leadership roles within higher education, community and organizational development, or business. The program would be utilized by those candidates who desire to enter the NNU doctoral programs and have a desire to pursue coursework and a degree within leadership and organizational development.

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  • 100% Online
  • Program Utilizes set courses to plan schedules ahead of time
  • Students may complete this 30-33 credit program in less than 18 months
  • Program for those seeking to enter the NNU Doctoral Program

Ed.S. Leadership and Organizational Development

The Ed.S. Leadership and Organization Development program will allow you to:

  • Obtain knowledge and skills to lead in your area of interest in Education, Business or Religion
  • Keep working while studying and practicing leadership aptitudes to enhance your current or future organization
  • Learn to apply data, public relations practices, research skills and innovation toward personal and organizational success
  • Prepare to apply to NNU’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership

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Education Specialist

Offered Online

$565 per credit, $150 per semester technology fee

Program Design

Designed to fit the schedule of a working professional, this online program utilizes set courses that allow students to plan their schedules ahead of time and continue to work full-time. Students typically complete the program in less than 18 months, depending on the chosen cognate.

This program includes a 150-hour internship supervised by an administrator within the organization/institution. This internship must be approved by the chosen organization/institution as well as the NNU program director.

Each candidate’s study plan would be individualized to meet their needs and interests through a series of electives (9 credits) that result in a cognate from Education, Business or Religion.

Application Requirements

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. Recommendation forms and essay guidelines are available online within the application portal.

For mail:

Northwest Nazarene University
Attention Graduate Admissions
623 University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686

For email: gps@nnu.edu

  • Online: Application and $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Mail or email from a digital service such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse: Official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution(s) where the applicant received a master’s degree
  • Email or mail: A copy of the applicant’s teaching certificate (if applicable)
  • Online: Two online recommendation forms completed by professional colleagues
  • Online: One supervisor recommendation form
    (The three recommendations must be completed by three different individuals.)
  • Online: Evidence of writing competency, preferably from a research paper or other document completed during master’s courses
Admission Requirements

Candidates must have the following:

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master’s program
  • Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee
Program Start Dates

Classes begin every 8 weeks, and new students may join throughout the year.

Required Courses

EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics & Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7575 Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC7584 Data-Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC8671 Educational Change: A Historical Perspective (3)
EDUC8675 Public Relations and Marketing for Schools (3)
EDUC8679 Leadership & Organizational Development Seminar (3)
EDUC86879P Leadership and Organizational Development Program Portfolio (0-1)
EDUC____ Educational Leadership Elective (3)
Cognate Elective #1 (3)
Cognate Elective #2 (3)
Cognate Elective #3 (3)

Total Credits: A minimum of 30 semester credits are required.


Since this is a program that leads to professional licensure, prospective students should review important information about NNU’s participation in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and Professional Licensure about this program. Individual states often have different expectations for professional licensure, so it is in a prospective student’s best interest to investigate whether NNU’s degree program will help them achieve licensure in their home state.

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Northwest Nazarene University’s College of Education meets the requirements for accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).



Northwest Nazarene University received the 2023-2024 Colleges of Distinction Award in Education.

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