2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog


Northwest is a public institution of higher education and all active Northwest programs are approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD).

Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest programs are accredited by:

  • Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) 
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Council for the Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Related Professions (COAPRT)
  • National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Dr., Suite 21, Reston, VA  20190-5248, (703) 437-0700
  • National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)

Northwest receives a certification from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for chemistry programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity has been validated by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program of Study Validation.

The Master of Science in Education in School Counseling received national recognition from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

The School of Education also maintains memberships in the following organizations:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)