Welcome to the College of Education
Whether you want to be a teacher, counselor,
school psychologist, or school leader, one thing is certain: you are passionate
about inspiring others. At Northern Arizona University, we’ll prepare you to be
a leader in education—so you can make a difference for the rest of your life.
Northern Arizona University has long been
recognized as a leader in education, in Arizona and beyond. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that blend the best
of past successes and modern innovations in teaching, and allow you to work
closely with our accomplished education faculty.
If you want nothing less than excellence
in your educator-preparation schooling, we welcome and invite you to learn more about the College of Education and what it can offer you.
NAU Teachers’ Academy
The Arizona Teachers' Academy introduced by Governor Ducey begins a new era of educational excellence. The NAU Teachers’ Academy along with their community college partners provides a constructive solution to the teacher shortage by increasing the pathways to prepare teachers—with low-cost options—and the promise of bringing great teachers to high need schools. NAU Teachers’ Academy Information
ELL Teacher of the Year
“Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced that the 2016 Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year is Victoria Gonzales of Starlight Park Elementary in the Cartwright School District in west Phoenix. Victoria graduated from NAU with her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2003. Read more
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We develop educational leaders who create tomorrow’s opportunities.
Our mission is to prepare competent and committed professionals who will make positive differences for children, young adults, and others in schools.
NAU Professional Education Programs
NAU's Professional Education Programs consist of undergraduate and graduate programs across four colleges that prepare teachers and school administrators, counselors, psychologists, and speech therapists. Our professional education programs were the first of public and private professional education preparation programs in Arizona to receive NCATE accreditation.
College of Education Points of Pride
Many of the academic
programs in the College of Education have received national acclaim. The
College is extremely proud of the following recent national rankings:
Educational Leadership program has been ranked by Teachers.org as the 18th best
program in the United States out of 560 qualifying colleges in 2016.
ranked 19th among the Top Colleges and Universities and 1st in Arizona for
teacher preparation in 2016.
NAU ranks 8th in the United States
for the number of Latino students earning an undergraduate degree in education
and in the top 25 for earning a graduate education degree in 2016.
NAU ranks 10th in the United States
for the number of Native Americans earning an undergraduate degree in education
and 3rd in earning a graduate education degree. NAU also ranks 7th for
all disciplines combined in the number of overall Native American graduates in
Teaching, Learning and Early Childhood Faculty were ranked 12th for the
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Online Program by Best.Colleges.com in 2017
programs in Educational Psychology (Clinical Mental Health Counseling and
School Counseling) was ranked #1 in Top Counseling Schools’ list of Best Value
Master’s Counseling Degrees in Arizona for 2016
Non-Resident Professional Licensure Information
If you are not a resident of Arizona, and you are taking an online course or program leading to professional licensure, NAU cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please check with the appropriate licensing board in your state to determine whether the course or program meets requirements for licensure in your state.