NNU Offers Accelerated Certification for Educators

May 12, 2009, 9:36 am

Northwest Nazarene University offers an Accelerated Certification for Educators (ACE) program for the working adult who desires to become a teacher.

“NNU’s accelerated certification program is a good place to be right now” said Janice Cantrell, the ACE program director. This program is tailored to meet the needs of an adult who wishes to become an elementary or secondary teacher. Elementary teacher candidates should have at least two years of college or university credit and required general education courses, and secondary teacher candidates should have a degree in the subject they wish to teach. Transcripts will be evaluated for NNU content requirements in the desired teaching subject.

The ACE program allows candidates to maintain their daytime employment and/or family responsibilities. Following the completion of coursework, however, day time hours are necessary for field experience as each student is required to student teach for one semester before certification.

Certification may be earned in as little as 16 months. The candidate must be 23 years of age. Classes meet twice a week from 5:30-9:30 p.m. with the option of Nampa or Boise’s campus. One cohort will begin this August and a second cohort in January 2010.

Financial aid is available.

The ACE program is holding an informational meeting at the C.W. Plaza, 250 S. 5th, on the 8th floor downtown Boise on Wednesday, June 10, at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the ACE administrator at 467-8258, e-mail at or visit

Join the ACE program to be a part of teaching—the most rewarding profession.

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

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