Admission Requirements

Multiple Degrees

When determining the satisfaction of credit hour requirements for any graduate degree awarded from Graduate Education at Northwest Nazarene University, no more than one-third (33.33%) of the credit hour requirements for such graduate degree may be satisfied by credit hours earned and applied pursuant to satisfaction requirements for any other graduate degree or degrees. Exceptions may be presented by program directors for approval by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Admission Requirements - Adult and Professional Programs in Education

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with courses in content subject area that meet State requirements for certification.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the baccalaureate program or 3.0 in the most recent 30 semester credits earned.
  3. Successful completion of the PRAXISII Content Knowledge test. For more information and registration information, go to www.ets.org/praxis.
  4. Successful completion of Checkpoint 1.
  5. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Admission Requirements - M.Ed.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 in the baccalaureate program or 3.0 in the most recent 30 semester credits earned.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, or school psychologist, based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program. This requirement is waived for the M.Ed. Reading Online Program and the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Program.
  4. Basic Exceptional Child Program: Applicant must pass the Elementary Education-Content Knowledge PRAXIS Test #0014; and undergraduate transcript must show 6 credits in English and 6 credits in Math with passing grades of “C” or better, or applicant must pass the English & Math Compass Test.
  5. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. 
  6. After Committee approval: admitted student must finalize admission by submitting the completed self-evaluation form (provided by the Graduate Education office) to his/her current TK20 account. A student without a current TK20 account must register for the TK20 assessment program and pay the one-time registration fee of $100.

Admission Requirements - Ed.S.

  1. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For Ed.S. Director of Special Education, the master's degree must be in Exceptional Child, Educational Leadership, or an equivalent field as determined by the program director.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master’s program.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, or building administrator (for superintendent) based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program.
  4. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  5. After Committee approval: admitted student must finalize admission by submitting the completed self-evaluation form (provided by the Graduate Education office) to his/her current TK20 account. A student without a current TK20 account must register for the TK20 assessment program and pay the one-time registration fee of $100.

Admission Requirements - Ed.D.

  1. 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. Generally, a student must earn 45 of the 60 semester credits from NNU in order to receive the Ed.D. degree from NNU.* 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. 
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the student's Ed.S. program as indicated on official transcripts. The student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the Ed.D. program. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  6. After Committee approval: admitted student must finalize admission by submitting the completed self-evaluation form (provided by the Graduate Education office) to his/her current TK20 account. A student without a current TK20 account must register for the TK20 assessment program and pay the one-time registration fee of $100. 

* Exceptions to the 45 credits will be treated on a case by case basis and the following criteria will be employed in considering alternative admissions:

    1. Candidate must have exceptional references.
    2. The completed Ed.S. program must substantially align with NNU’s Ed.S. program offering.

When these criteria are met, the Graduate Education Admissions Committee may consider conditional admission based on the following criteria:

    1. Successful completion of EDUC8677 as a pre-requisite and required writing sample.
    2. A GPA of 3.6 in the first two classes completed.