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Northwest Nazarene University's education degree programs have maintained continuous accreditation through the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1967, with the most recent continuous accreditation review in 2015. NCATE was 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 has transferred to CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and signifies that the program meets the highest standards of excellence. Additionally, all of NNU's Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the State of Idaho.
The Educator Preparation Programs at NNU completed a highly successful accreditation site review in March 2022 by the national Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The College of Education is excited to display the CAEP Accreditation Logo when board approval is finalized in the fall of 2022.
The College of Education (COE) at Northwest Nazarene University offers high-quality licensure programs at the Initial and Advanced levels, and non-licensure programs in the field of education. Information on educator credentials, certificates, and endorsement programs within the college is summarized in table below. All COE programs that lead to an Idaho Educator Credential, certificates, and endorsements are approved by the Idaho State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and CAEP approval in Fall 2022. All programs in the College of Education are fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accrediting body for Idaho recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
*Non-licensure programs are accredited by NWCCU, and excluded from NCATE reviews
ACE: Accelerated Certification in Education
GPS: Graduate & Professional Studies
TUG: Traditional Undergraduate