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NNU Named One of the Best Teacher Prep Programs in the Country

June 10, 2019

Northwest Nazarene University’s undergraduate secondary teacher preparation program has been named as one of the top in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Of the 872 undergraduate programs reviewed by NCTQ, Northwest Nazarene University was recognized as a leader in the field, specifically as an undergraduate program that excels in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of their future classrooms.

The NCTQ’s most recent teacher-prep results per state list only one alternative program in Idaho, which earned a low score of just 31 percent. However, in last year's ranking, Northwest Nazarene University reached 94 percent in secondary education and a 99 percent in elementary level in 2016.

Using nearly two decades of extensive research in teacher preparation, NCTQ evaluated programs on critical, evidence-based measures, including: rigorous admissions process; emphasis on research-based approaches to teaching reading and math for elementary candidates; content knowledge for secondary candidates; training in classroom management strategies that work for all students; and quality student teaching experiences.

“NCTQ's ranking of our teacher education program is among several recent evaluations that affirm the high quality of NNU's curriculum and instruction,” said Brad Kurtz-Shaw, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We believe NNU graduates are making a huge impact in classrooms across the Mountain West, and our NCTQ ranking affirms NNU as a destination of excellence for potential professional educators.”

NNU’s strong reputation and impact on future educators can be seen throughout schools in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past five years, 100% of graduates from NNU’s education programs who sought jobs in educational settings have been employed.

According to Dr. LoriAnn Sanchez, Undergraduate Education Chair and APP Education Program Director, “The mission of NNU’s educator preparation programs is to develop capable, compassionate educators who are determined and prepared to meet the educational needs of K-12 students in a changing world. This mission is articulated through the Learner-centered CORE conceptual framework underpinning all of our education programs and helps prepare our graduates to be called to serve, open to change, responsive to all and empowered to succeed.”

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