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NAU's Professional Education Programs (PEP) consists of 41 undergraduate and graduate programs across four colleges, College of Arts& Letters, College of Education, College of Engineering, Forestry, & Natural Sciences, and the College of Health & Human Services, that prepare teachers and school administrators, counselors, psychologists, and speech therapists. During AY 2015-2016, there were approximately 2,150 candidates enrolled in initial teacher preparation programs and over 500 graduates.  There were over 1,000 students enrolled in advanced programs and over 340 graduates. Our professional education programs were the first and remain the only of public and private educator preparation providers in Arizona to receive NCATE accreditation (2011). NAU PEP is now in the process of seeking reaccreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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The Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) online program, housed in the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at NAU, was named one of the best master’s programs in the country. The continuing education graduate program in science education was ranked #9 in the U.S. for its quality, reputation, student success rates, and affordability by Affordable Colleges. The MAST program meets the needs of professional science educators by offering a part-time and full-time option, allowing practicing teachers to deepen their knowledge of content and enhance their classroom practice of making science accessible to learners.