Graduate Education Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements*

M.Ed. Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.8 in the bachelor's program or 3.0 in the most recent 30 semester credits earned.
  • Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher or counselor based on a recommendation from a state approved higher education teacher preparation program. (This requirement is required for the M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Program if applicable.)
  • Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Ed.S. Admission Requirements

  • A master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master's program.
  • Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, or school psychologist based on a recommendation from a state approved higher education preparation program.
  • Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Ed.D. Admission Requirements

  • A recognized specialist degree (Ed.S.) or its equivalent with a minimum of 30 semester graduate credits from an academic institution that is accredited by an official regional accreditation agency. Applicants who have earned an Ed.S. degree from an institution other than NNU may transfer in a maximum of 15 Ed.S. credits upon approval of the program director. Applicants who have not earned an Ed.S. degree or its equivalent should apply to the Ed.S. program before applying to the Ed.D. program. 
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in previous graduate programs as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to continue in the Ed.D. program. 
  • For students whose native language is not English, satisfactory results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as indicated by official scores. Minimum scores accepted:  550 (paper score), 213 (electronic score); 85 (Internet-based Test - iBT) with writing and speaking no less than a score of 22, and no score under 20. 
  • Competency in the use of computer and Internet technology, and either access to or ownership of appropriate computer equipment. High-speed Internet access is required.
  • Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Application Requirements

Students desiring admission to any Graduate Education program must complete the following:

  1. Submit an application online or obtain the application form from the Graduate Studies in Education Office (208) 467-8341.
  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit an official sealed transcript from the regionally accredited institution(s) where you received your bachelor's degree and (if applicable) your master's degree.
    (We do not accept faxed transcripts.)
  4. Provide a copy of your teaching certificate. (This requirement is required for the M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Program if applicable.)
  5. Submit additional requirements from one of the following programs. Send requirements to Northwest Nazarene University Graduate Education, 623 S. University Boulevard, Nampa, ID 83686. Fax: 208-467-8786

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

As well as the online application and other requirements above, please submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who are familiar with the candidate's academic and professional capabilities. 
  2. Evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines.

Ed.S. Education Specialist

As well as the online application and other requirements above, please submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues. 
    (NNU MED graduates: letter from MED counts for one.)
  2. Evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines or through a graded Action Research paper from an M.Ed. program.
  3. One completed Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the applicant's current district superintendent (or designee). The letter of recommendation and the evaluation form must be from two different individuals. Please have the evaluation sent directly to Graduate Studies in Education. 

In addition, the applicant will consult with the director of the appropriate graduate education program to develop a program plan.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Building Administrator and Director of Special Ed Programs

As well as the online application and other requirements above, please submit:

  1. One letter of recommendation from a professional colleague.
  2. Evidence of writing competency through an essay based on the essay guidelines.
  3. One completed Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the applicant's current building administrator. The letter of recommedation and the evaluation form must be from two different individuals. Please have the evaluation sent directly to Graduate Studies in Education.

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

As well as the online application and other requirements above, please submit:

  1. One completed Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the applicant's current district superintendent (or designee).  
  2. Three letters of recommendation that provide evidence of scholarly abilities, aptitude for administration, and potential for successful completion of a doctoral program. At least two of these must be academic references, and at least one letter must be provided by a person familiar with the applicant's school experience.
    (NNU MED and EDS graduates: Letters submitted for those applications can substitute for two.)
  3. A 3-5 page statement of purpose in which the applicant explains (a) her/his academic and professional interests, (b) the reasons behind selecting this particular program and  Northwest Nazarene University, and (c) how this degree will impact her/his role in the educational community.
  4. A 10-15 page paper on an appropriate subject from the broad field of education that represents the applicant's analytical and writing abilities. This paper may be a representative piece of the applicant's previous work in another academic program.
  5. TOEFL exam scores (if English is not the applicant's first language).

Note for Students Not Yet Admitted

Graduate Education applicants may complete a maximum of six credit hours at NNU before being admitted into the Graduate Education program. Prior to admission to the Graduate Education program, NNU does not guarantee, either directly or indirectly, that students who take Graduate Education classes will:

  1. Be admitted into the Graduate Education program,
  2. Receive a refund of monies spent on classes beyond the regular refund dates,
  3. Be able to transfer class credits into a degree program when classes are taken prior to admission.
  4. Also, students not yet admitted are not legally eligible to receive a student loan until they are officially admitted into a program.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid may be available. Application forms for Financial Aid are available from the Financial Aid Office by calling 208-467-8424, or on the web through The Office of Financial Aid.

Questions

If you have any questions concerning the application process or any of these requirements, please contact the Graduate Studies in Education office at 208-467-8341.


*The Graduate Education Admissions Committee may approve exceptions to regular admission requirements.