NNU announces first doctoral degree in education

Northwest Nazarene University announces the launching of a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) beginning September 2011 as approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and NNU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program will provide advanced study and research for educators interested in educational leadership in school administration. This program, as developed by the expert educators and faculty of NNU’s Department of Education: Graduate Education, will provide opportunities for in-depth exploration, study, research and analysis regarding administrative practices in the school/district setting.

“We are delighted that NNU is poised to launch its first doctoral degree; it is truly an historic day.  As a regional university of significance and graduate study substance we will now be able to build upon NNU’s century-long tradition of educating some of the most highly sought after elementary and secondary teachers and school administrators in the Northwest.  The doctorate in education will become the capstone of educational offerings in the NNU Department of Education” said President David Alexander.

Northwest Nazarene University believes that learner-centered teachers have accepted the call to make a positive difference in the lives of students through teaching and relationships.  Educators in any position requiring strong leadership and decision-making abilities are strong candidates for this program.

The program consists of a minimum of 60 semester credits (30 in the Education Specialist (EdS) program and 30 in the EdD) and will take approximately four years to complete. Most doctoral students will come directly through NNU’s EdS program, which provides at least 30 credits of educational leadership content. In the EdD program, students will be required to complete six additional credits in research methods, 12 credits in an educational leadership core, and at least 12 credits in dissertation. The program will utilize a cohort model and will be offered predominately online, with all three-credit online courses eight weeks in length.

For more detailed information on the Ed.D program visit http://www.nnu.edu/edd or call 208-467-8341.

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