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What is the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program?
The Adult and Professional Programs in Education program is an accelerated program designed for the working adult to obtain teacher certification.   Students will take the classes required by the State of Idaho for certification, either in Elementary or Secondary Education.  

How long is the program?
The Adult and Professional Programs in Education program requires 16 months; twelve months doing courses and field experience; four months in student teaching.  Students may have to take some general education or other coursework prior to starting the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program. 

When are classes held?
Classes meet weekly, two classes per week on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   There are some Friday/Saturday classes during the 12 months of classes. 

Is the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program on a semester schedule?
Yes, typically each semester students will take two classes in the first 8 weeks and two classes in the second 8 weeks. 

Do I need to already have a college degree?
If students are interested in obtaining elementary certification, you do not need to have a Bachelor�s Degree.  You can transfer in college credits to meet the general education requirements. 

If students are interested in obtaining elementary certification and have an AA degree from an accredited institution in the Northwest (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) some classes can be waived at the discretion of NNU�s Registrar.  Please note that AA degree from the University of Phoenix are not included in the block transfer, but credits can be transferred.

If students are interested in obtaining secondary certification or elementary certification plus a Master's of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction, you must have a B.A. or a B.S. degree as well as the required content in your subject area by the Department of Education. 

What if I already have a B.A. or B.S.?
Students with a Bachelor's Degree can obtain elementary certification plus an M.Ed, some of the classes you took to obtain your B.A. or B.S. will transfer to meet the general education requirements.

For students who want to obtain secondary certification, a degree is required.  The degree does not have to be in their content area, but they will have to meet the content area course requirements for certification. They can also earn an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.

What if I only have a few college credits?
For elementary certification we will analyze college transcripts and transfer in the classes that we can.  You can then take additional classes, if necessary, to meet the general education requirements. 

What degree will I have when I graduate?
Upon successful completion of the elementary program you will graduate with either a B.A. degree in Elementary Education or a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction (which requires 11 more credits after completing student teaching).  Students completing either degree will be recommended for certification in grades K-8.

Upon successful completion of the secondary program you will graduate with a Master�s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, which requires 11 more credits after completing student teaching.  Student will also be recommended for certification in their teaching field in grades 6-12. 

How many credits do I need to graduate from NNU?
A minimum of 124 credits for a B.A.

What is the typical length of a course?
Most classes are three credit classes and run for 8 weeks, two credit classes for 6.  If you have a weekend class it will run Friday night and Saturday all day, one credit for each weekend in class.

What is a typical credit load in one semester?
The typical load is 10-14 credits, depending on the semester.  The classes are accelerated. The same work covered in one semester of a traditional college class is compressed into approximately 8 weeks. 

Can I apply for Financial Aid?  What is the FAFSA?  Do you offer scholarships?
A student can apply for federal assistance online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships and financial aid may be available. Contact Financial Aid for more information. 

What steps do I need to take to get started in the program?
Submit an application online. There is a different application for those who are seeing a B.A. degree and those that are seeing a Master's (M.Ed)

Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee online by credit card or by mail.  This can be done with the online application.

Submit official transcripts of all college work to:

                Northwest Nazarene University
                Teacher Education
                623 S. University Blvd
                Nampa, Idaho  83686

Submit two completed recommendation forms to the Adult and Professional Programs in Education office (address above). The forms should be completed by professional contacts such as a supervisor, co-worker, or pastor. The forms should not be completed by family members.

Acceptance will be determined when the above are met AND the individual has:

  • Meet with the director of the Adult and Professional Programs in Education program
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 in all previous college coursework is required.  Individuals with a GPA of lower than 2.75 may request that the director analyze their last 30 credits to see if they have maintained a 3.0. 

Additional items needed for Enrollment:

If you do not have B.A. or B.S. degree, submit documentation of passing ACT/SAT scores.  If these are not available or not passing scores, the applicant can take the Compass Algebra and the Compass English test and submit those scores instead.

Passing PRAXIS II test score.  More information can be found at www.ets.org/praxis.

  • Elementary:  take the Elementary Education Content Knowledge Test# 0014
  • Secondary:  take the content knowledge test for your teaching area